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Family buries young pilot, still no answers in crash

WATERLOO REGION — A week after the single engine plane he was flying crashed into a cornfield near Conestogo Lake, Marko Misic was buried by his family.

Misic was in the cockpit of the Cessna 172 that eyewitnesses say was spiralling out of control moments before it crashed to the ground Aug. 24, killing all four people on-board.

A funeral for Misic, the 20-year-old pilot flying with three young friends, was held at Our Lady Queen of Croatia Church Friday morning in Toronto. He was later buried at a cemetery in Mississauga.

The four-seater plane he was flying had been rented from the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre in Breslau, and left the Region of Waterloo International Airport at 6:10 p.m. last Friday. It crashed about two hours later in the Mapleton Township hamlet of Moorefield, about 50 kilometres northwest of the airport.

Misic, of Toronto, and three others — Mohammed Shahnawaz Zia, 23, of Toronto, Wasay Rizwan, 27, of Toronto, and Victoria Margaret Luk, 19, of Mississauga, were pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada is still ongoing and there are no updates in the case, according to an agency spokesperson reached Friday afternoon.

Aviation experts say it could be a year before there are any findings made public. Investigators will first try to rule out mechanical error before looking at the pilot’s role in the crash.

So far, the crash has offered no obvious answers. The weather that evening was clear and fine, and the pilot, although only 20, was experienced enough to have earned a commercial pilot’s licence at 19. He earned his glider’s licence at 16 and had been flying as a private pilot since he was 17.

The Misic family has said it believes a mechanical failure must have been the cause of the crash, though that has not been confirmed by investigators.

The single-engine plane was supposed to fly to Toronto, then Niagara Falls, then back to the airport. Investigators haven’t revealed why the plane was so far off its flight path.

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