Pilot in deadly Conn. wreck survived earlier crash
Aug. 10, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The plane accident that killed four people in a Connecticut neighborhood is not the first crash for the pilot, a former Microsoft executive who was taking his teenage son on a tour of East Coast colleges.
The pilot, Bill Henningsgaard, was presumed killed along with his son, Maxwell, and two children who were inside a house struck by the small propeller-driven plane on Friday. Four bodies have been recovered from the wreckage and sent to the Connecticut medical examiner's office for identification.
Henningsgaard, a highly regarded philanthropist, was flying a small plane to Seattle in 2009 with his mother when the engine quit. He crash-landed on Washington's Columbia River.
In the Connecticut crash, Henningsgaard was coming in for a landing at Tweed New Haven Airport in rainy weather just before noon when the plane struck two small homes, engulfing them in flames.
Two children, ages 1 and 13, have been missing since the plane crashed into their home.
A vigil for the victims of the crash is planned for tonight in an East Haven park.