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Father endures two sons in separate plane crashes

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Capt. Chad Nishizuka (Center), with brother Capt. Reid Nishizuka (Right), who died in April. Capt. Chad Nishizuka (Center), with brother Capt. Reid Nishizuka (Right), who died in April.
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Ricky Nishizuka has had to endure every parent's worst nightmare, twice.

In April, his eldest son Reid, an Air Force Captain, died in a plane crash in Afghanistan. On Monday, son Chad, also an Air Force Captain, was involved in a plane crash in Montana.

"Two tragic accidents in the same year is like, incomprehensible" said Ricky, on the phone from Las Vegas.

Fortunately enough, Chad jettisoned in time and survived the wreck.

Nishizuka, still grieving the loss of Reid, was informed by phone that the plane went down Monday night.

"My heart just stopped, and I went oh my goodness, the second one couldn't happen right?"

But it did. Fortunately, Chad had time to engage his parachute and land safely. Besides a dislocated shoulder, he is resting comfortably at home in South Dakota.

While the 29-year old credited his training for his survival, the father thinks something—someone—else had a hand in it.

"This whole ordeal has made me believe in guardian angels, and I really believe his brother was there to take care of him" said Ricky.

He believes Reid is watching after Chad, so Chad can watch after his family.

"Chad has a son, only two months old, so he has a lot of work to do on Earth, before God takes him away".

 

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