It started as a normal weekend for the family of influencers whose pilot friend took them on a sightseeing trip over the Uintah Mountains in Utah. It ended with that plane crashing onto a lake beach. Their travel horror story was caught on camera.
As the now popular YouTube video started I was immediately annoyed. This family of influencers (who is dripping with cash) was so freaking annoying. Think Mormon Kardashians. I could barely get through the first part of the video. But, I am glad I did. There’s a neat story here and my first impression of the family may have been wrong.
The Mikesell family is a Utah-based who appears to have made a pile of money from the Mom, Betsy, who is one of the founders of a very successful bedding company, Beddy’s. They and their kids now also document much of their lives as influencers on various platforms like YouTube, TikTok, IG, etc. And while I am no fan of influencer families and the IG life, this family does seem relatively genuine once you get past some of the “IG-cringe” that I am conditioned to be irritated by.
As the Cessna T210M plane cruised over Moon Lake it appeared to lose power after being buffeted by some turbulence. Shad Feild, the pilot, remained calm and advised the passengers something was wrong. The family initially thought he was joking. He was not. He then advised them to hold on as he was putting the plane down near the beach of the lake.
The first part of the video ends with a bang as the plane hits the beach.
But then the video takes an interesting turn as it appears to be narrated by one of the many people on the beach where the plane landed and who helped respond. The tone of the video changes and it becomes quite compelling (religious overtures, notwithstanding).
It describes and shows the aftermath of the crash. Everyone survived, but the family’s patriarch, Gentry Mikesell, along with the pilot, Shad Feild, suffered severe injuries (including spinal injuries and broken bones) and were ultimately life-flighted to the hospital.
The incident, which occurred in late 2020, was followed up with a more detailed accounting of their experiences as several family members emotionally described the crash and its aftermath. You can see both videos, below.
The Crash: Video of the pre-flight, crash, and aftermath
The Aftermath: Family describes the crash in more detail
I am glad to see the family had a positive outcome and wish them the best.
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