Rockefeller's Great-Grandson Killed in Plane Crash

Small aircraft went down outside NYC
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 13, 2014 12:19 PM CDT
Rockefeller's Great-Grandson Killed in Plane Crash
Richard Rockefeller in a 1999 photo.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

A family spokesman says the pilot of a small plane who died in a crash outside New York City today was Richard Rockfeller, great-grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. The aircraft took off just after 8am and went down after hitting some trees west of the airfield, authorities say. It crashed on a road in the hamlet of Purchase. Rockefeller, a 64-year-old doctor and father of two who lived in of Falmouth, Maine, was the only person on board the single-engine Piper Meridian. (Read more plane crash stories.)

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