We're learning more about an Omaha man killed in a plane crash over the weekend.
Twenty-six year-old Dale Butler and 24-year-old Amy Brobst were killed when a plane Butler was piloting crashed two miles southeast of Norfolk.
“Flying was just his thing. He was always wanting to find a reason to get up in the air and get his hours in so he could end up doing the commercial pilot and get his license. Every little step he would always get excited about and he would call family and friends and post it on facebook,” Butler's sister Holly Jochims said.
By all indications, Dale Butler was a solid man in the air and on the ground.
Butler was a member of the UNO flight team, recently receiving three scholarships and was accepted as a flight intern with Mutual of Omaha.
“He knew the responsibility of the weight on him so that when he takes anyone up in that plane it's his responsibility to land that plane,” Holly said. “He was a very meticulous pilot he took his job very seriously.”
Holly said Dale flew out of the Millard Airport several times, which is not far from Holly's house. She said they'd go into their back yard and wave at Dale as he flew overhead. Dale would wave back by tipping a wing.
Brother-in-law, Ryan Jochims, calls Dale selfless, someone who would do anything for you.
“Nothing would ever seem to bother him he would just perform at such a high level. stress didn't seem to bother him. he was a good guy and i think we're seeing a lot of that with friends coming out and stories that they have,” he said. “You always think you know someone because they are in your family but when someone outside the family is saying the same thing then that shows consistent behavior which is good to hear.”
Holly said the family's faith has pulled them through these tough times.
“I think that's what's helped our family just overcome the numbness of it and then embracing the reality of it,” she said.
Holly said there is some comfort, knowing Dale died doing what he loved best.
And that now, he's in good hands.
“He flew right into heaven and landed safely with his friend Amy,” Holly said.
Services for Butler are pending.