...As Classmates Honor Their Friends
The pilot was David Eugene Hokanson, 67, of Mercer Island. The two girls, Brittany Boatright, 15, and Kandyce Cowart, 14, were close friends. Both attended Aviation High School in Seattle and aspired to careers in aviation. Others among the school's 200 students told The Seattle Times they will continue to pursue their dreams. "I thought my mom would never let me fly again, [but] she told me she wants me to go up very soon," sophomore Keiko Hiranaka said -- like getting "back on the horse after you fall down." In a letter written to Kandyce on Monday, classmate Irina Verevkina wrote that she will go flying again when she gets the chance, "because it's what you would have wanted if you were still here." The EAA Young Eagles program gives young people ages 8 to 17 an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. The flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by nearly 40,000 volunteer pilots.