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Family killed in crash was vacationing in Alaska

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The Antonakos Family (Source: WYFF4) The Antonakos Family (Source: WYFF4)
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RACHEL D'ORO
Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP/WYFF) — A family of five from South Carolina are among the victims in an Alaska plane crash that left 10 dead.

The Antonakos family usually vacationed together in Myrtle Beach, S.C., each summer, but the father of Kimberly Antonakos says his daughter and her family decided to travel to Alaska from their home in Greenville, S.C., for 10 days this year, instead.

H. Wayne Clayton says his son-in-law Melet Antonakos sold computer software to hospitals and doctors' offices, while Kimberly shuffled the three children to their many activities. The children were 16-year-old Olivia, 14-year-old Mills and 11-year-old Anastacia.

State Rep. Bruce Bannister said another Greenville family, Chris and Stacey McManus and their two children, Meghan and Conner, were also killed in the crash.

McManus was a doctor at the Greenville Health System. The hospital released a statement late Monday evening, saying they were "deeply saddened" to hear about McManus' death.

"I've had the pleasure of knowing Chris for nearly 15 years, and he has been a wonderful asset to the medical community," said C. David Williams III, MD, chair of the Department of Radiology for the Greenville Health System. "He was an extraordinary physician but also an extraordinary human being who was known to be both compassionate and conscientious. Chris was one of our lead interventional radiologists, who brought a number of new and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic tools to the community.

Investigators have begun their probe into the crash of a de Havilland DHC3 Otter that went down shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday at the airport in Soldotna, about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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