REMSEN, N.Y. — Family members say a central New York pilot killed when his plane crashed last week had earned his pilot’s license to honor his World War II hero father, who also died in a plane crash before his son was born.

Police say 74-year-old Jonathan Coxwell died July 4 when his single-engine plane crashed in a farm field in his hometown of Remsen. The cause is under investigation.

His family tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/2sLkzne ) the architect received his pilot’s license in 1967. He was inspired to fly by his father, an Army Air Force bomber pilot during WWII with the same name.

The elder Coxwell died when his B-24 bomber crashed after takeoff on a training flight in Hawaii in 1943. His son was born a few months later.


Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com