Anand “Happy” Patel came to the US as a student in 2009 with his twin brother Akash Patel. He was a co-founder of the garment company What’s Happy Clothing. He also worked as an event promoter.
Indian American entrepreneur Anand Patel and five others were killed in a plane crash on Monday, The Indian Express reported. Patel, 26, was in Piper PA-24 Comanche plane that was going to Las Vegas but just 15- minutes in flight it crashed onto a Scottsdale golf course.
As per the news report, the plane “burst into flames” after hitting the ground, killing all six people, who were between the ages 22 to 28 years.
“A trip to Las Vegas did not turn out the way Anand Patel and his friends planned it to be. The entrepreneur, who boarded a private jet with popular Instagram model Mariah Coogan, was identified as one of the six people who died after the plane crashed into TPC Scottsdale Champions Golf Course late Monday,” International Business Times reported.
Patel was popular among his friends, who called him Happy. He came to the US as a student in 2009 with his twin brother Akash Patel. He was a co-founder of the garment company What’s Happy Clothing. Patel also worked to promote events, and local clubs in Oklahoma City. Friends of Patel told New9 that Patel was a “shining star,” and that his twin brother is a “highly respected teacher in Dallas.”
News9 reported that a video of Patel and his friends has come out on his Snapchat account. Taken just a few minutes before the crash, the video shows that all of them were having a good time.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the plane crash.