The Ohio University community is mourning the loss of Ohio University senior Andrew T. Land, who died in a plane crash along with his father, Michael, on Sunday afternoon in Huntington, W.Va.
According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, the Lands were returning to their hometown of Richland, Mich., near Kalamazoo, in a family-owned single-engine plane when the crash occurred, 4 miles south of Tri-State Airport.
Land, 23, was a media management major in the Scripps College of Communication. He was scheduled to graduate next winter and planned to pursue a career in broadcast management.
"We are extremely saddened by the tragic loss of Andrew," said Associate Dean of Students Patti McSteen. "Our thoughts go out to the Land family during this difficult time."
Land comes from a distinguished family in the broadcasting business. His paternal grandparents, June and Allan Land, are the namesakes of a School of Media Arts and Studies scholarship, which is given annually to students pursuing a career in broadcasting. The late Allan Land spent more than 50 years in the broadcasting business. Meanwhile, uncle Eric Land is a 1973 Ohio University alumnus and former president and general manager of WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla.
"I'm heartbroken by this news," said Director of the School of Media Arts and Studies Roger Cooper, who also served as Land's academic adviser. "He was a good kid with a big heart and he had a bright future ahead of him. His death is a real loss to the school and to me personally."
Cooper said the School of Media Arts and Studies will be working on a plan to honor the memory of Land during the 2009-10 academic year.
Details about funeral arrangements have not been shared.