Pat Porter, a two-time distance runner, his 15-year-old son and a friend tragically died on Thursday after their plane crashed in Sedona, Ariz.

Pat Porter was piloting the Beech B-60, when he lost control of the plane. The small plane burst into flames killing the three of them.

Porter’s wife, Trish Porter, also an Olympic champion, said that her husband and the boys were spending the last three days in Sedona and were supposed to be coming home on Thursday. Minutes before the terrible accident Pat and Trish were exchanging ‘funny texts.’

"He made me laugh," Trish Porter said at a press conference. "He was just a lot of fun."

Pat Porter was the former 10,000-meter and 13-time distance runner national champion. Trish Porter was high jumper Olympian. The two married in 1991 and moved to Albuquerque, NM.

Pat Porter left behind his wife, Trish Porter and their 11-year-old daughter.

The police are still investigating the plane crash but they believe it was an unfortunate accident.