JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Matt Gaither's family was surrounded by loved ones Friday, all coping with the loss of a young man who loved to fly.
"We're a strong family, and we're grieving tremendously for the loss of our beloved nephew, brother, son in this tragic accident," says Jay Gaither, Matt's uncle.
Gaither was a graduate of James Island High School. His uncle says he was working towards his pilot's license.
"Matt, his brother, his sister and his father, they embraced life fully and wholly, and his nature was to be brave."
Gaither was on board with 33-year-old Graham Borland, a flight instructor. According to investigators, the plane went down while it was taking off.
His uncle says they are trying to put the details of the crash behind them and focus on the 20-year-old's life and legacy.
"We're hopeful that his life, although, short will have meaning for others and that through this foundation we can perhaps do good in the future in his name."