The four-seat Cessna 172 crashed and burned immediately after takeoff Friday, killing its pilot, Troy Brothers, 19, who had recently received his pilot's license; his mother, Sandra Haley, 53; his step-father, James Haley, 58; and brother-in-law Jamie Jose, 34, all Michigan residents.
The news website Mlive.com said Monday the final conversation between Brothers and air traffic control included Brothers' comment, "We're a little overweight. We're going to have to come back and land."
"You can bring her back," a controller says on a recording of the conversation, available at www.liveatc.net, "or on the grass is fine."
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