GREENVILLE, S.C. — The two South Carolina families were so close that some thought their children were brothers and sisters. They were so close that they wanted to spend 10 days together on an adventure into the Alaskan wilderness.
The five members of the Antonakos family and the four members of the McManus family died Sunday with their pilot in a fiery crash of a plane shortly after takeoff from an airport about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage. It was to be the last leg of a long-awaited vacation. All 10 aboard the de Havilland DH3 Otter were killed.