Loved ones remember student pilot killed in Newberg plane crash

Katherine Cook (KGW)

HILLSBORO, Ore. — On Wednesday evening, hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Hillsboro Airport to remember 20-year-old Barrett Bevacqua. He was one of two people killed in a plane crash in Newberg, Tuesday night.

“Barrett was a shining star,” said Barrett’s father, Matt Bevacqua. “We’re blessed that we had 20 amazing years with him.”

Bevacqua said Barrett died following his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. On Tuesday evening around 6:45 p.m., the Piper Seminal he was in spiraled out of control and crashed into the roof of a home in Newberg. No one inside the house was injured. Barrett and his flight instructor, 22-year-old Michele Cavallotti were killed. Another pilot student, 20-year-old Emily Hurd, survived, suffering serious injuries. Bevacqua said all three were roommates.

Barrett and Hurd were part of the Horizon Air Ascend Pilot Academy which trains students to become commercial pilots. They partner with the Hillsboro Aero Academy. Federal transportation officials are investigating what caused the crash.

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Loved ones said, Barrett had dreamed of becoming a pilot since he was two, but the Lakeridge High School graduate had other passions. He played football, baseball, loved to sing, cook and hunt.

“He was a renaissance man,” said Bevacqua. “He brightened up a room, he had a smile that just melted you. He made other people better.”

Bevacqua was planning a public memorial for Barrett and said it was tentatively set for the afternoon of Sunday Oct. 8 at the Lakeridge High School football field.


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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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