Company Pays Tribute To Pilot Killed In Crash

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Investigators describe the plane as a Rockwell International Turbo Comander 690B, a twin-engine aircraft that can sit nearly a dozen people. The plane was traveling from Teterbobo Airport in New Jersey and was going to land at Tweed New Haven Airport when something went terribly wrong. NTSB investigators went on to describe the aftermath.

“It was inverted with the left wing in one house and the right wing in the other and I would say probably 50 to 60 percent of it was consumed by fire, mostly the forward portion, the forward of the wings,” said NTSB investigator Robert Gretz.

Gretz said the plane did not likely have a black box so they’ll look for a GPS that may be able to further help with their investigation.

As news of the crash spread family and friends of Bill Henningsgaard announced online that Bill and his son Maxwell were victims of the crash.

Henningsgaard, from Medina, Wash. was a former Microsoft Executive who was working for Social Venture Partners. Online the company paid tribute to Bill and his son.

In the online post it went on to say that Henningsgaard and his son, Max, were traveling to the northeast to visit colleges and New Haven was on the list.

For Bill, this was not his first crash.

Back in April of 2009 he crash landed into the Columbia River in Oregon.

He even blogged about his experience saying his engine suddenly stopped producing power,

“I forced myself to confront that fact that the situation any pilot fears – a mid-air emergency, was happening right then, with my mother in the plane.”

In that 2009 crash Henningsgaard and his mom made it out alive, but this time around things are much different.

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