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Son remembers father and brother killed in plane crash

Nicholas and Timmy Palumbo Nicholas and Timmy Palumbo
Charlie Palumbo Charlie Palumbo

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "Both of them, my brother, Tim, and my dad died doing something that they really truly loved," Charlie Palumbo said.

He said his father, Nicholas, and Tim were inseparable.

"They spent a lot of time hunting, going on trips," Palumbo said.

He said his father and youngest brother flew to Lanai and back every weekend.

They were coming home Sunday afternoon when their plane crashed high on a ridge in east Oahu.

"It's easy to get disoriented in a plane in bad weather," he said.

Palumbo said his 81-year-old father was an accomplished veterinarian and a veteran pilot who has flown his own small planes since he was nineteen.

"He was a very intuitive flyer," Palumbo said. "There's a great book called 'Stick and Rudder' that was really almost his bible."

Tim, 20, was the youngest child in Palumbo clan of eight kids.

He suffered from learning and motor disabilities.

"Very early on that was identified and he went through the Easter Seals program. He was the poster kid for Easter Seals one year," Palumbo said.

Nicholas Palumbo began his veterinary practice in Hawaii in the early 1960s. He lived on Lanai for a time. Even after he moved his family to Oahu he continued to by fly to Lanai to care for animals.

"Lanai has lost a great steward of the people there," Charlie Palumbo said.

Nicholas Palumbo was also a researcher with the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Although he was in the twilight of his career he continued to perform surgery on cats at his wife's clinic in Kapahulu.

Charlie Palumbo said his family is dealing with its grief.

"He's a had a huge influence in my life. It's sort of like part of me has died because of this situation," he said.

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