Amite community mourns loss of hometown pilot

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POSTED: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 7:03pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 2:50pm

"He really loved to fly, I can honestly say he was doing something he loved to do," said family friend, Patrick Murphy.

Jason Mc Kean's flew for over 20 years with out ever crashing, now his friends and family are saying good bye after his helicopter crashed in St. Mary Parish Thursday.

"He flew quite a bit, and if i could say one thing about him, he honestly enjoyed what he did."

Murphy owns Murphy's restaurant here in Amite, he says the Mc Kean's came in all the time, and they became friends before long.

"People would be in my restaurant, sitting and eating, they were always glad to see him because no matter how bad your day was, he was always smiling."

People around Amite saw Jason McKean as a hometown hero. Especially to his wife, and two kids.

"He would have a lot of free time during the day if he wasn't flying somewhere, and he always had his kids with them."

Local authorities like the St. Mary Sheriff's Office say this is the first crash to happen in three years, the F.A.A. is still investigating it, with many people wondering what happened.

"Not only was he a daddy, he was their best friend, and that's just hard for him, and his wife is just trying to be there most of the time, and that's just hard," recalled Murphy.

Many of McKean's close friends and relatives say they just want his smiling face back.

"I just really feel like he was satisfied where he was in life, and he was happy, and I can say that he was a great friend, a great father, and a good husband," Murphy said about McKean.

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