UPDATE: Passenger injured in Nov. plane crash dies
Written by Michelle Corless, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
TRAER (KWWL) -
It's been a little over a month since a fatal Tama County plane crash killed a pilot. On Monday, family confirmed an injured passenger in Tama County died of his wounds.
Max Morrison succumbed to his injuries and died Monday morning, family friends told KWWL.
Bill Konicek died when the plane he was flying crashed just outside Clutier. Konicek was flying a 1946 Taylorcraft BC 12-D when he hit power lines near Nov. 28.
Morrison was being treated at a hospital since that time.
Just before Morrison died, on Sunday, a benefit was held in Konicek's hometown of Traer to support his family.
Family members say flying was one of Konicek's favorite activities.
"That was his life since he was a child," said Kelly Fink, Bill's daughter. "He actually built two airplanes from scratch himself."
He also loved large gatherings, especially pancake breakfasts in his hometown of Traer. So it's fitting that after he died in November, the community chose to support his family with a pancake benefit.
"He lived for those," said Fink. "If there was a pancake breakfast, even if he wasn't in that legion or in that, he would volunteer. He loved to be at them."
Family members say they were overwhelmed by the amount of support here at the breakfast. Event organizers say that's the strength of a small town.
"We just support each other and that's really the hallmark of the small town, I believe, that we're always here to help each other out when there's a need," said Carri Holst, an organizer.
Several different groups, from churches to legions, had the idea to host a fundraiser and decided to work together to help the Konicek family.
"We have a wonderful community spirit here," said Holst. "We've done organized benefits in the past for community members that have had a need like this."
The community shows up in full force.
"We were neighbors at one time, went to country school for a while and so I just decided I'd come," said Betty Krezek, Friend.
The breakfast raised nearly $3,000 for a family who's thankful to have so much support during this difficult time.
"This is just so amazing and I just hope that everyone knows how much it means," said Fink.
Konicek was 69 years old when he died, doing the thing family members say he loved most -- flying.
Another benefit will be held in Traer for Morrison on Feb. 16.
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