2 close-knit SC families die in Alaska plane crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The two South Carolina families killed in a plane crash in Alaska were so close that friends thought their children were brothers and sisters.

Police and emergency personnel stand near the remains of a fixed-wing aircraft that was engulfed in flames Sunday July 7, 2013 at the Soldotna Airport in Soldotna, Alaska. No survivors were located and it is unknown how many people were on board. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney)

GREENVILLE, S.C. The two South Carolina families killed in a plane crash in Alaska were so close that friends thought their children were brothers and sisters.

Five members of the Antonakos family and four members of the McManus family died along with the pilot Sunday in a crash on the last leg of a 10-day trip to a fishing lodge.

Milton Antonakos, who everyone called Melet, sold computer software. His wife, Kim, was always volunteering at her children's school. Their 16-year-old daughter Olivia was at the top of her class; 14-year-old Miles was elected class president; and 11-year-old Anastacia made friends with everyone.

Chris McManus was a radiologist full of compassion. His wife, Stacey, loved Vacation Bible School. Their 17-year-old daughter Meghan was looking at colleges, and 15-year-old Connor was almost an Eagle scout.


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