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Son Of David Rockefeller Dies In Plane Crash In NY

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 Falmouth, Maine.


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