Here's another quote from the son in that article:
"I honestly believe my dad saved our lives by the way he continued to fly the plane through the trees and making sure he didn't give up or try and pull out of it too hard,"
I know he's your dad and all, but you know what have been even better than properly crashing into the trees? Aborting the freaking takeoff when it took longer to get airborne than an A343 on a good performance day.
And before you think I'm piling on this pilot, this is his second crash, check out the report of the first one:
"NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot reported that he intended to fly his airplane on a cross-country flight over high mountainous terrain. After takeoff, the pilot climbed to 9,500 feet mean sea level (msl) in order to fly over mountains. He subsequently descended to 8,500 feet msl, and then he attempted to climb back to 9,500 feet to clear additional mountains. This second climbing effort diminished his fuel reserve, so the pilot opted to divert to a 7,160-foot msl uncontrolled airport short of his destination. While flying over the airport to evaluate its runway's condition, the pilot noted that the runway was covered with snow. The pilot opined that because of the airplane's low fuel state, it was prudent for him to land. The pilot made a soft-field landing on the runway. During rollout, the airplane's wheels penetrated the snow-covered surface, the airplane nosed over, and both wings and the empennage broke.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's encounter with soft, snow-covered terrain while executing a precautionary landing."
So we have this most recent accident where I think it is almost 100% safe to assume that no pre-flight performance calculations were done, and a prior accident where one could argue there was minimal to no pre-flight planning since the flight encountered a low fuel state (can't fault him for the precautionary landing, at least he did that right).
The Transport Canada Aviation Safety Letter has that wonderful line of "Learn from the mistakes of others, you'll not live long enough to make them all yourself.". This guy can't even learn from his OWN mistakes, and this time endangered the lives of others including his own son. Unreal, careless and stupid.