Rockefeller Heir Killed In Plane Crash

Richard Rockefeller, great-grandson of US oil tycoon and philanthropist John D Rockefeller, has died in a plane crash in New York City.

Mr Rockefeller was piloting a single-engine plane when it crashed near an airport in Harrison, Westchester County, about 35 miles (55km) north of New York.

The 65-year-old, who was travelling alone, was heading home to Portland, Maine after celebrating his billionaire father’s 99th birthday in New York.

Mr Rockefeller was a medicaldoctor and had two children, a son and a daughter, as well as two stepsons and three grandchildren.

He chaired the US Advisory Board for Doctors Without Borders for more than 20 years, and was involved in numerous health-related non-profit activities.

Family spokesman Fraser Seitel said Mr Rockefellerhad recently been working on a way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder among war veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

He said his death had left the Rockefeller family in shock.

“This was a terrible tragedy,” MrSeitel said.

“Richard was a wonderful and cherished father, son, brother, husband and grandfather.

“He was a very experienced pilot, who, by profession, was a medical doctor.”

At the time of the crash, the weather was foggy and visibility was poor, police and airport officials said at a news conference.

Pilots of private planes make the decision about whether to fly in such conditions, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Agency and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

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14 June 2014 | 3:00 am – Source: orange.co.uk
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