NTSB investigating deadly Conn. plane crash

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August 9, 2013, 10:06 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, East Haven, Conn.) - Tragedy struck in East Haven, Conn. after a small multi engine turbo prop plane crashes into two houses in a densely packed neighborhood.

In a news conference late Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board says at least four to six people are dead following this horrific crash.

The FAA says the crash happened around 11:25 a.m. Friday when the Rockwell International Turbo Commander 690 B coming from the Teterboro airport in New Jersey crashed in the neighborhood on approach to Tweed New Haven Regional Airport in New Haven, CT.

As of Friday night WVIT-TV in Connecticut reports a 1-year-old child was killed in one of the houses that was hit by the plane. Both houses caught fire. WVIT-TV also reports a 13-year-old child in the house was also unaccounted for.

The Daily Astorian newspaper out of Oregon and Washington is reporting the pilot of the plane is Bill Henningsgaard of Washington. The paper says Henningsgaard was aboard the plane with his son Max on their way to visit colleges on the East Coast. The newspaper also reports Henningsgaard was a former Microsoft executive.

Earlier Friday the Tweed airport manager, Lori Hoffman-Soares, said in a news conference the pilot did not issue any distress calls.

The manager of the airport also adds the pilot missed the first approach to the airport, had to circle in the air and re-approach the runway.

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo says the plane was on course for the airport, which was a half mile down the road when it crashed.

The NTSB investigation is underway and could take some time before its complete officials say.
Neighbors are having a hard time digesting what's happened. Heather Dostert lives right near the crash and says, "it could have been any one of us, it's just a tragedy."

Tags: connecticut, East Haven, national transportation safety board, Joseph Maturo, Kathryn Sotnik, Bill Henningsgaard, Max Henningsgaard, Lori Hoffman-Soares
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