Crash Kills Two, Destroys House
The son of a pilot killed when his 1957 Bonanza crashed into a house in Reno last week says his father died doing something he loved. "No matter how tragic the result, I am glad he passed doing something he loved," John Monday's son, Ryan Monday, of Corinth, Texas, said in an e-mail to the Reno Gazette-Journal. "I am blessed to be given the time I had with him, so someday I can show the same (drive) for perfection." John Monday, 49, and a passenger, who may have been his flight instructor, took off from Reno-Tahoe International Airport about 3 p.m. last Wednesday and almost immediately reported engine trouble. Monday apparently tried to turn back to the airport but the plane smashed into a house in south Reno. The house was occupied by a dog that was killed by the fire. There was no speculation on the cause of the engine trouble. The pilot was a former Reno resident who had been living with his wife in Laguna Beach, Calif. He'd flown from Laguna Beach earlier that day and was on his way back when the crash occurred.