A family of five took off in a single-engine Socata TBM-700 for a holiday trip with relatives. Tragically, the family’s plane crashed on I-287 in New Jersey (NJ), killing everyone on board.
The pilot was a managing director of a Manhattan investment bank, and the passengers were tthe pilot’s wife and two young children, as well as a co-worker.
The pilot took off from Teterboro Airport with the intention of spending time with the relatives of the husband’s wife. After takeoff, the pilot contacted air traffic controllers about icy conditions but didn’t appear to be in distress. Less than 15 minutes into the flight, the plane crashed on the highway and burst into flames.
The loved one’s of the victims remain in shock about this sudden, tragic plane accident.
“I can’t believe he’s gone,” the pilot’s brother told the Wall Street Journal. “I was on the phone with him just last week. I had just gotten his Christmas card in the mail yesterday. … I know we’re all going to miss him. We are all going to miss him.”
My deepest condolences go out the victim’s family. Losing someone you love is never easy, but the pain is made even worse when the loss is sudden and occurs during the holiday season.
As a licensed pilot myself, it is difficult hearing about plane accidents. This crash illustrates that even experienced pilots can be involved in serious plane accidents. The pilot in this crash was licensed for a decade. Nevertheless, when the conditions in the sky are troublesome, the risk of a plane accident increases exponentially.