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Horrifying moment a plane crashes nose first and bursts into flames killing its doctor pilot during a Florida air show (11 Pics)

A doctor died in a horrific crash when his Vietnam-era aircraft nose-dived into the runway and burst into flames ahead of a Florida air show.
Dr. Joseph Masessa, 59, a dermatologist, was flying a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk during preparations for the 30th Audi Stuart Air Show on the Treasure Coast on Friday.
A huge explosion and plume of black smoke billowed across the runway at around 1pm when the fuselage broke apart on impact. It is not yet known what caused the crash.
The organizers posted on Instagram: 'On Friday, November 1, 2019, we lost Dr Joseph Masessa while preparing for this weekend's event. Joe was a beloved performer of the air show, a local Floridian, and will forever be family.
Mobile phone footage showed the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk breaking apart on impact as it was engulfed in fire and smoke at around 1pm on Friday in Stuart, Florida
Mobile phone footage showed the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk breaking apart on impact as it was engulfed in fire and smoke at around 1pm on Friday in Stuart, Florida
The plane moments before impact as it nose-dived towards the runway in Stuart on Friday
The plane moments before impact as it nose-dived towards the runway in Stuart on Friday
Dr. Joseph Masessa, 59, a dermatologist, was flying a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk on Friday during preparations for the 30th Audi Stuart Air Show in Florida
Dr. Joseph Masessa, 59, a dermatologist, was flying a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk on Friday during preparations for the 30th Audi Stuart Air Show in Florida 
Martin County Sheriff officers at the scene of the crash on Friday
Martin County Sheriff officers at the scene of the crash on Friday
'He will always be remembered as we move forward in future endeavors. On behalf of the Audi Stuart Air Show, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Masessa family.' 
The doctor had practices in his hometown of New Jersey, South Carolina and Florida.
Brandon Walker, who had worked in Masessa's crew in around 2014, told NJ.com: 'He was an incredible pilot ... He'd take his shirt off his back for you.'
The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was Masessa's pride and joy, he'd bought it around 12 years ago and flew it at airshows around the country.
'His love was flying,' Nathalie Lauren Pollner, who worked as a manager at his Florida dermatology offices, told The Palm Beach Post. 'That was his outlet, and that plane was his baby.' 
Masessa had decorated the reconnaissance plane with the names of 1,636 American soldiers who went missing during the Vietnam war
Masessa had decorated the reconnaissance plane with the names of 1,636 American soldiers who went missing during the Vietnam war
The wreckage of the Vietnam-era war plane off the runway at the airfield in Stuart, Florida
The wreckage of the Vietnam-era war plane off the runway at the airfield in Stuart, Florida
Fire and smoke from the explosion explodes into the sky at the runway on Florida's Treasure Coast
Fire and smoke from the explosion explodes into the sky at the runway on Florida's Treasure Coast
Masessa had also decorated the reconnaissance plane with the names of 1,636 American soldiers who went missing during the Vietnam war.
After setting up practice in New Jersey, Masessa - who specialized in skin cancer - opened a surgery in sunny Florida.
'He would see 100 patients a day,' Pollner told the Post. 'People would wait hours to see him.'
After vowing to go on following the fatal plane crash days earlier, organizers said they were cancelling the event because of the weather yesterday.
The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was Masessa's pride and joy, he'd bought it around 12 years ago and flew it at airshows around the country
The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was Masessa's pride and joy, he'd bought it around 12 years ago and flew it at airshows around the country
Photos of the wreckage posted by Martin County Sheriff's Office after the crash on Friday
Photos of the wreckage posted by Martin County Sheriff's Office after the crash on Friday
The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was Masessa's pride and joy, he'd bought it around 12 years ago and flew it at airshows around the country (pictured: the crash on Friday)
The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was Masessa's pride and joy, he'd bought it around 12 years ago and flew it at airshows around the country (pictured: the crash on Friday)
The event organizers wrote: 'Joe was a beloved performer of the air show, a local Floridian, and will forever be family'
The event organizers wrote: 'Joe was a beloved performer of the air show, a local Floridian, and will forever be family'
Organizers of the Audi Stuart Air Show on Sunday tweeted that they were canceling the show out of safety concerns due to continuing rain. 
Organizers of the air show described Masessa as a beloved performer, and Sunday's show was being dedicated to him and another aviator.
Bad weather also forced air show events, which were to conclude on Monday, to be canceled on Saturday.

2 comments:

  1. At least he died doing what he loved. Instead of at the desk at a job he hated.

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  2. I thought it would vapourise crashing like that just like on 911.

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