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

(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.

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