Son Of David Rockefeller Dies In Plane Crash In
June 13, 2014 – The son of David Rockefeller and
great grandson of Standard Oil founder John D.
Rockefeller died today in a plane crash in
Westchester County, New York.
At about 8:08 AM, Richard Rockefeller, 65 was
flying in his Piper PA-46-500TP Meridian
aircraft, N5335R when it crashed about one mile
from takeoff from Westchester County Airport
(KHPN), White Plains, NY, he was the only one
onboard the aircraft.
Rockefeller had flown into New York on Thursday
and was headed to Portland, Intl Jetport (KPWM),
Portland, Maine for his father's 99th birthday.
At the time of the accident it was reported
foggy with a quarter-mile visibility.
It was reported that weather may have played a
factor in the crash and that Rockefeller may
have clipped the trees while climbing out on
takeoff. Rockefeller, an experienced pilot was
an instrument rated private pilot.
"This is a terrible tragedy," the Rockefeller
family said in a statement released by spokesman
Fraser P. Seitel. "The family is in shock.
Richard was a wonderful and cherished son,
brother, husband, father and grandfather. He was
an experienced pilot and respected medical
doctor. It is just horribly sad."
Rockefeller was a physician in Portland until
2000, and also taught medicine in Maine from
1982 until 2000. Rockefeller was founder and
president of the Health Commons Institute, a
nonprofit organization dedicated to improving
American medicine, and he was chairman of the
U.S. Advisory Board of Doctors Without Borders
from 1989 until 2010. Rockefeller had resided in