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 14 comments Comments 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.