After a tragic plane crash, an entire family is dead. Pilot and father Nathan Enders was flying with his wife Laura and their two sons, Jaden, 7 and Eli, 5 over Easter weekend when the 1948 Cessna 170 crashed into the city-owned, public use taxiway at the Williston Municipal Airport in Florida, according to PEOPLE.
However, the crash wasn't reported to authorities for 21 hours, when it was discovered on Easter Sunday.
“It is so awful still, thinking of their last few moments and what was going through their minds, if they knew what was happening or felt any pain as they sat there upside down waiting 21 hours to be found,” Nathan’s sister, Megan Sabol, wrote on Facebook. “I have not been able to find peace yet as the tears will not cease…”
It will reportedly take authorities several months to determine the cause of the crash, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the plane had fueled around 11 in the morning on Saturday and arrived at Williston approximately three hours later.
Clay Connolly, the deputy chief of police in Williston said that the plane attempted to take off shortly after 3 p.m. that afternoon but crashed just beyond the north end of the taxiway.
More than 20 planes flew out of the airport on Saturday, but officials were not notified of the crash until 1:12 p.m. on Sunday.
"This is really a huge complacency issue," Connolly said.
Sabol confirmed their deaths on Facebook with heartbreaking updates, saying, “My brother and his family were tragically killed in a plane crash today. He was with his two boys and his wife. he was my best friend and my big brother who could survive anything. He was a controller at Atlanta Tracon and a damn good one. I will miss him everyday. I love you Nate the Great.”
The family is survived by a third son who was not on the flight.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.