|Published:||Dec 10, 2013 8:16 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 10, 2013 8:16 AM EST|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The women's golf team at the University of North Florida is mourning a teammate who died along with her father and younger sister in a small plane crash.
Tess Huber, 20, her father Michael and her 17-year-old sister Abigail died Sunday when their Cessna C310 crashed into a retention pond after missing an approach to Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport, officials said.
The Port St. Lucie family were flying to Jacksonville to drop off Tess after a golf tournament in Jupiter where Abigail won her age group.
Tess Huber was a sophomore majoring in sports management.
"She was passionate about her golf, very studious. But she always had a smile on her face. She was always looking out for her teammates," said Brian Morgan, the university's athletic department spokesman.
Morgan said the team elected to turn a fundraiser scheduled Monday into a memorial for Tess.
The UNF women's golf coach Joanne Steele said the sophomore regularly flew between home and school in her father's small plane. In the future, the fundraiser she missed will be called the Tess Huber Memorial Tournament, and a scholarship will be started in her name, officials said.
"Tess brought this special spark to the team," Steele said. "She had this calmness about her and she had this drive, this inner drive and desire to be the best for herself and best for the team."
Michael Huber, 60, was a dentist and a certified private pilot. Abigail Huber was a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, where her father helped coach the girls' golf team.
Over the weekend, Abigail competed in the invitation-only South Florida PGA Junior Tour Championship Challenge Tour at Jonathan's Landing Golf Club. She finished first in the 14-18 age division and was 10 strokes ahead of her nearest competitor, said Meredith Schuler, director of operations with PGA South Florida section.
The plane took off from St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce. As it approached Jacksonville, someone on the plane called the air traffic control tower and said they couldn't see the runway, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
The Hubers were told to fly around. Shortly afterward, the plane crashed into a retention pond in a backyard. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.
NTSB investigator Robert Gretz said there was no report of fog, but clouds were low.
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