Billionaire’s son dies in crash

Rockefeller single-engine plane goes down two minutes after take-off

NEW YORK –– The son of billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller died this morning when his private plane crashed just minutes after leaving Westchester County Airport.

Dr Richard Rockefeller, 65, was piloting his single-engine plane back to his Maine home on the morning after celebrating his dad’s 99th birthday, said Rockefeller family spokesman Fraser Seitel.

Dr Richard Rockefeller (inset), 65, was piloting his single-engine plane back to his Maine home on the morning after celebrating his dad’s 99th birthday, said Rockefeller family spokesman Fraser Seitel.
Dr Richard Rockefeller (inset), 65, was piloting his single-engine plane back to his Maine home on the morning after celebrating his dad’s 99th birthday, said Rockefeller family spokesman Fraser Seitel.

The pair shared dinner last night, just hours before Rockefeller’s Piper PA-46 plane left the tarmac on its disastrously brief flight at 8:08 a.m. from Runway 16.

“It’s a terrible tragedy,” said Seitel. “The family is in shock. Richard was a wonderful and cherished family member. He was an experienced pilot. He flew for years.”

Rockfeller, of Falmouth, Maine, was flying solo when his plane struck a line of trees just southwest of the White Plains airport only minutes after take-off.

The plane crashed just two minutes after take-off on a foggy, rainy morning in the suburbs north of New York City, authorities said.

“It’s horribly sad,” said Seitel.

The small plane reportedly crashed near the State University of New York. 

 No injuries were reported on the ground when the plane crashed on Cottage Street just outside the SUNY Purchase campus.  

 Richard Rockefeller was a doctor with a distinguished career that included a stint chairing the United States Advisory Board of Doctors Without Borders from 1989-2010.

He was the father of two grown children, and served on the philanthropic Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He was recently working on PTSD issues for wounded veterans, said Seitel.

(Daily News)

 

Source: (Daily News)

9 Responses to Billionaire’s son dies in crash

  1. Matthew Furby Dan Spooner
    Matthew Furby Dan Spooner June 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    karma smh

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  2. Michele Brown
    Michele Brown June 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Matthew you can’t wish or gloat when/if Karma hit with out having Karmic reprocussions ,whatch yourself

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  3. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer June 14, 2014 at 12:24 am

    no gloating…everyone has an appointment with death. sooner or later.

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  4. MvpSound Int
    MvpSound Int'l June 14, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Smh Real sad ppl in the world

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  5. Sade Shaadz Mayers
    Sade Shaadz Mayers June 14, 2014 at 1:05 am

    How sad condolences to the family

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  6. Arlene Brathwaite-Pile
    Arlene Brathwaite-Pile June 14, 2014 at 1:43 am

    What a sad thing to happen on his Dad’s birthday. RIP

    Reply
  7. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett June 14, 2014 at 5:07 am

    RIP. Condolences to his family and love ones.

    Reply
  8. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett June 14, 2014 at 5:07 am

    RIP. Condolences to his family and love ones.

    Reply
  9. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett June 14, 2014 at 5:07 am

    RIP. Condolences to his family and love ones.

    Reply

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