Family and Friends Say Pilot Killed in Crash was a Wonderful Person - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/24/06

Family and Friends Say Pilot Killed in Crash was a Wonderful Person

Two days after a double fatal plane crash in Levelland, we're learning more about the man many called the gracious pilot. 63-year-old Dennis Michels and student pilot 24-year-old Anad Paul Quadros from India were killed when their plane went down Monday afternoon near the Levelland Airport.

Dennis was a pilot for more than a decade and an instructor for more than seven years. His wife, Debbie, tells NewsChannel 11 that Dennis always said, "If I die flying, I died doing something I loved."

We also talked to a friend of Dennis' who said, Dennis' first love was his wife. "Every time he would fly, as soon as he got down, secured the aircraft and started walking away from the plane he would always call his wife to let her know they made it back safely, and this time someone else made that phone call for him," said Ward Lipscomb.

When he was flying, he said he felt like he was close to God. That's what Debbie said about her husband.

Debbie explains that it's taken a couple days to realize he won't be seeing Dennis land ever again. "I was mainly surprised at the time. You see him the day before and then the next day he's gone."

Services for Dennis Michels will be held 1 p.m., Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 1510 Avenue X.

Federal investigators continue to investigate the fatal crash. They do have reason to believe that the engine stalled, causing the plane to nose-dive.

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