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McKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Loved ones are remembering two men killed in a plane crash in Hunt County. The single-engine Piper PA-24 crashed shortly after takeoff from a private airstrip near Quinlan Wednesday afternoon.
Friends and relatives are now paying tribute to Walt Meziere and Joe Livingston, who were both newly married to their wives.
Rick Richards knew Meziere and said, “I don’t think that Walt would have done anything if it wasn’t fun.”
Friends like Richards say that’s why Meziere chose to have a medieval-themed wedding when he got married just two weeks ago.
Loved ones say both men were experienced pilots. They say Meziere was such an aviation buff that he even owned his own airstrip. It was there where he launched the fatal flight.
“Every time he started talking about flying and planes his face would just light up,” Richards remembered.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration say Meziere’s plane left his airstrip near Quinlan early Wednesday afternoon. It was just moments after takeoff that the plane went down in a field not far from the runway.
Friends like Richards say they can’t understand what went wrong. Now those who loved the men can only treasure the good times they had together.
“You just could not get enough of him. You didn’t want to leave,” Richards said thinking of Meziere. “Once you were there… you wanted to get there early, and you wanted to leave late ’cause I mean he was just that kind of a guy. The kind of friend that everybody wished they had.”
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