Shocking video emerges of a father drinking a bottle of beer while his 11-year-old son pilots his private plane – as cops investigate whether it happened just before the fatal crash that prompted his wife to suicide

  • Garon Maia, 42, and his 11-year-old son Francisco Maia died in a plane crash on July 29
  • Now Brazilian authorities are investigating whether the eldest Maia allowed his son to fly the plane on the day of the crash, as video shows him operating it.
  • Garon Maia’s wife and the boy’s mother-in-law, Ana Pridonik, committed suicide hours after the burial on Tuesday

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A disturbing video shows the moment a father let his 11-year-old son fly his private plane – while drinking beer – shortly before the two were killed in a crash.

Brazilian authorities are now investigating whether the incident took place before they were killed in the lethal plunge.

Brazilian rancher Garon Maia, 42, and his 11-year-old Francisco Maia, died after the $1.2 million twin-engine Beechcraft Baron 58 crashed in a forest between the states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso on July 29.

It is not known when the video in question was published by Garon Maia on his social networks.

He can be seen sitting in the co-pilot’s seat and explaining to Francisco Maia how to operate the plane as he accelerated down the dirt runway.

Grief-stricken, his wife Ana Pridonik committed suicide after the funeral.

Francisco Maia (pictured) was recorded by his father, Garon Maia, at the controls of a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron 58. Both were killed after the plane crashed in a forest in the Brazilian state of Rondônia on Saturday . Authorities are investigating whether the boy was piloting the plane before the crash

Brazilian rancher Garon Maia (right) and his son Francisco Maia (left) died in a plane crash on Saturday

After the burial of Garon Maia (left) and his son on Tuesday, his wife and the child’s mother-in-law, Ana Pridonik (right) was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the couple’s home and was rushed to a local hospital where she died

‘Wait, is everything ready? Nothing in front, ok. Come on, 600 horsepower you can push. 600 Kikão, go ahead,” he said. ‘Good lady. Hand on the lever, hand on the lever. Keep your hand there and watch the speed.

Moments later, Garon Maia is seen drinking a beer and asks his son, “The passenger can have one, right Kiko?” »

Elder Maia flew from a family farm in the New Conquista town of Rondônia and then stopped at an airport in Vilhena to refuel, a farm worker told the Brazilian outlet. G1.

He planned to take his son back to Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, where he lives with his mother and attends school.

The aircraft took off at 5:50 p.m., crashed eight minutes later and disappeared from radar, authorities said.

“The plane crashed very close to the plowed land, it did not have time to land,” said the worker.

Garon Maia filmed himself drinking a beer from the co-pilot’s seat while his son piloted the plane. Brazilian authorities are investigating whether he allowed his son to fly the plane before it crashed

Authorities were able to locate the wreckage of the plane on Sunday, a day after the twin-engine plane crashed

Garon Maia with his wife, Ana Pridonik, who took her own life hours after being buried with her son on Tuesday

Rescuers searched the area on Saturday and were able to locate the bodies on Sunday.

Garon Maia and Francisco Maia were buried on Tuesday.

His wife, Ana Pridonik, 27, was found in the couple’s bedroom after killing herself after the funeral. She was rushed to a local hospital where she died.

The Aviation Accident Prevention Research Center is investigating the cause of the accident.

According to Brazilian law, a person must be over the age of 18 to fly an aircraft, must have graduated from high school and be registered with the National Civil Aviation Agency.

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