By Adebayo Williams
It has emerged that the pilot of Brazilian team, Chapecoense’s ill-fated flight, which killed 71 players and officials, lost his father to the same incident when he was one-year-old. The pilot, Miguel Quiroga, was said to have been determined to follow his late father, Eduardo’s career path. Quiroga, 36, was said to have averted what would have claimed all lives on board when he dumped the plane’s remaining fuel to avoid an explosion on impact.
His family and friends have paid tribute to the late pilot describing him as hardworking, humble, nice and dedicated. Quiroga has flown the Bolivian, Argentinian national teams and other teams.
Milena Quiroga, a cousin of the pilot, told how Bolivian-born Micky had recently applied for Brazilian nationality after setting up home in Brazil with his wife and three children, who are all Brazilian. Milena remembered how he studied obsessively to be a pilot like his late father.
Daily Mail reports that the late pilot was married to the daughter of an ex-Brazilian senator, Roger Pinto, the couple, who had three children, had been constructing a home in Epitaciolandia, on the border with Bolivia in the northern Brazilian state of Acre.