Four dead after plane crashes into Connecticut home
A plane that was making the approach to land at Tweed New Haven Airport, crashed into two homes today in Connecticut, killing the pilot and his 17-year-old son.
A plane that was making the approach to land at Tweed New Haven Airport, crashed into two homes today in Connecticut, killing the pilot and his 17-year-old son. The pilot, Bill Henningsgard, was a former Microsoft executive. Two children who were inside the home at the time of the crash also died.
The bodies of the children were seen inside the home but, according to East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson, they have not been able to recover the bodies yet, because the home is unstable. The other house was not occupied.
The owner of the occupied home the plane crashed into ran screaming into the street after the crash, saying her two children – a 1-year-old and a 13-year-old – were trapped inside. Several witnesses rushed in to try and help, but were forced out by the thick smoke.
The pilot attempted to land, then passed on the landing, and shortly thereafter on the second attempt, witnesses say the sound of the engine completely died, and then the plane crashed. Authorities do not yet know the reason for the engine stall.
“All we know is that it missed the approach and continued on. There were no distress calls as far as we know,” said Lori Hoffman-Soares, spokesperson for Tweed New Haven Airport.
According to the FAA, the multi-engine Rockwell International Turbo Commander 690B took off from New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on Friday morning and crashed while approaching the Tweed New Haven Airport around 11:25 am.
Bill and his son, Maxwell, were on a return flight from visiting colleges in Oregon. Their two bodies have been found, but authorities are trying to determine if there was a third person on the plane. According to the pilot’s brother, he believes it was just those 2 on the plane.