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Brother of plane pilot speaks

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(KWWL) - The pilot of the plane that went down in New York last week was from Iowa.  Now his brother is speaking to reporters.

Melvin Renslow says it was hard telling the rest of his family about what happened.  "I knew I had to stay strong just for her because she had just lost one of her children."

The last time he saw his brother was at a 2005 family reunion.

"He was his typical self. Just outgoing. He loved to ski."

Marvin Renslow was the captain of Continental Flight 3407.
Melvin often thinks about the last moments of his brother's life...  "I'm hoping he did everything in his ability to try to save their lives."

Marvis had been a commercial pilot for four years.
He joined Colgan Air on September 9th, 2005, and piloted a cargo plane before that.

Melvin says his brother loved to fly, took his job seriously, because of his wife, and two kids.
"He was a very cautious guy. He always made sure that he followed everything to the book cause he was a family man and he had a family and he wanted to go home to his family."

Melvin often talked to his brother on the phone.  But, he says, they recently kept missing each other's calls because of their jobs.
Now he wishes they had one more chance to talk.

Melvin Renslow said, "I wish now that sometimes I would have stepped out and had a chance to talk to him, because life is very precious, and you don't want to take things for granted anymore."

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