Brazilian officials probe plane crash that killed man and his son, 11

Shocking video emerges of father drinking bottle of beer while his 11-year-old son flies led to

  • Garon Maia, 42, and his 11-year-old son, Francisco Maia, died in a plane crash July 29
  • Now Brazilian authorities are looking into whether the elder Maia allowed his son to fly the aircraft the day of the accident as a video shows him operating it
  • Garon Maia’s wife and the boy’s stepmother, Ana Pridonik, shot herself dead Tuesday hours after the burial

A puzzling video shows the moment a man allowed his son to fly his private jet.

Authorities in Brazil are now investigating whether the incident took place before they were killed in a crash. 

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

It’s unclear when the video in question was posted by Garon Maia on his social media networks 

He can be seen sitting in the copilot seat and instructing Francisco Maia on how to operate the airplane as it sped down the dirt runway.

Francisco Maia (pictured) was recorded by his dad, Garon Maia, flying a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron 58. Both were killed after the aircraft crashed Saturday in a forest in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. Authorities are investigating if the boy was flying the plane prior to the accident

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

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

‘Wait, everything ready? Nothing in front, ok. Come on, 600 horses, you can push. 600 Kikão, go,’ he says. ‘Good lady. Hand on the lever, hand on the lever. Keep your hand there and look at the speed.’

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

The elder Maia flew out of a family farm in the Rondônia city of  Nova Conquista and then stopped at an airport in Vilhena to refuel, a farm employee told Brazilian outlet G1.

He was planning to fly 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 pm, crashed eight minutes later and then disappeared from the radar, according to authorities.

‘The plane crashed very close to the plowed land, he didn’t have time to land,’ the worker said.

Garon Maia filmed himself drinking a beer from the copilot seat while his son was flying the aircraft. Brazilian authorities are probing if he allowed his son to fly the plane before they crashed

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

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

Rescue workers searched the area Saturday and were able to locate the bodies Sunday.

Garon Maia and Francisco Maia were laid to rest Tuesday. 

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

The Research Center for the Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents is investigating the cause of the crash.

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

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