Two The men died Monday afternoon in a small plane crash in a residential area of New Jersey were a father and son who loved being in the air, their family told NBC10.
John “Muse” Nunn III and his son Chris Nunn, a 24-year-old commercial airline pilot, had just taken off from a small airport in the town of Upper Deerfield when their plane went down around 1:49 p.m.
Their yellow Champion Aeronca 7AC two-seater plane landed in the front yard of a home on Parvin Mill Road, officials said.
JC Noone, his brother, sister and mother are devastated after losing two loved ones on the same day.
“It’s falling in love. My whole world turned upside down,” JC said. “I have no idea what to do.”
Chris was an officer with Spirit Airlines flying the Airbus A320. JC said his brother was probably one of the youngest pilots in the country.
“He was hired by American Airlines before his 21st birthday,” JC said. “He was interviewed at a board meeting and they said, ‘Oh, look at his qualifications!’ They all thought that something was wrong because they were not of age yet, they had to be 21.”
John was a 67-year-old retired electrician who went by the nickname “Moose”. JC is sure that if and when they find out something is wrong in the sky, their goal will be to protect others.
“They were the pilots and they did everything they could to avoid further injury when the plane was in the middle of the yard,” JC said. “They missed that house by 50 feet.”
NTSB investigator Daniel Boggs said it could take two weeks to determine a preliminary cause of the plane’s crash. He said from the reports they’ve seen, weather doesn’t appear to be an issue.
Nunes, the family said, also loved football, from Friday Night Lights to the Philadelphia Eagles. In fact, Chris was supposed to be at the tailgate Monday night with Bucks Airport owner Aaron Pearl, who says both men will be remembered for years to come.
“When the Noon family came to fly, it wasn’t just John and Chris. The whole family came. The grandchildren came, there were cars and kids riding bikes everywhere,” Pearl said. “They will be sorely missed by the aviation community.”