The Celebuzz article that provided John David and Abbie Duggar‘s statement reported that John purchased the Piper PA-30 plane in July 2020. According to People, John, who was flying the plane during the accident, is a certified flight instructor who acquired a commercial license in November 2021, after the incident. Flying seems to be important to the couple who got engaged in a hangar, according to Instagram, and even Abby is a pilot, who acquired a student license in 2020.
While little is known about the details surrounding the crash, several potential causes have been presented. Celebuzz suggested that it was a “faulty fuel gauge” but other reports state that the plane ran out of fuel. Fortunately, a National Transportation Safety Board’s Aviation Accident Preliminary Report on the incident stated no one onboard was hurt, per E! News. While the family was surely shocked by the crash, as John told Celebuzz, that is “exactly what pilots are trained for.”