2-time Olympian runner killed in Ariz. plane crash

Associated Press Modified: July 28, 2012 at 1:01 am •  Published: July 28, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A two-time Olympic distance runner, his 15-year-old son and his son's friend were killed in a fiery plane crash in Sedona, Ariz., his wife said Friday.

Pat Porter was piloting the Beech B-60 when it crashed and burst into flames on takeoff Thursday morning, killing all aboard, including son Connor and his friend Connor Mantsch, said Trish Porter.

An FAA database showed the plane was registered to Pat Porter, but the family and authorities had declined to confirm the victims' identities before Trish Porter called a news conference. The 14-year-old Mantsch attended Albuquerque Academy with her son.

She said her 53-year-old husband and the boys had been to Sedona for three days before the plane went down.

Just before the crash, Porter said she and her husband had exchanged a series of "humorous text messages."

"My last text message to him: 'When are you coming home'?" she said at the press conference, with her daughter, Shannon, 11, beside her.

Trish Porter, also a former Olympian, said she found out about the crash Thursday afternoon as she drove back from ice skating training for Shannon. She said details about the crash remained unclear Friday.

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