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
Richard Rockefeller in a 1999 photo.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

(Newser) – 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.

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Jun 16, 2014 9:43 AM CDT
Sad to hear of this tragedy. My condolences to the family.
Jun 14, 2014 11:18 AM CDT
John D. Rockefeller ended up a good guy, not sure about this grandson, doctors... Now Larry Ellison could to take his piper out during a storm for all I care.
Jun 13, 2014 6:51 PM CDT
People of the United States of America, This just goes to show sometimes its better the fly commercial than your own private aircraft.