Connecticut Plane Crash Wrecks Two Homes: Bill Henningsgaard Among Up To Six Dead

By Staff Reporter on August 10, 2013 1:04 AM EDT

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announces Connecticut plane crash destroyed two homes in East Haven. Former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard and son among dead. (Photo: YouTube)

A Connecticut plane crash occurred Friday morning. Former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard took off in his private multiengine turboprop aircraft from Teterboro Airport of northern New Jersey to Connecticut. Henningsgaard, 54, was accompanied by his son Maxwell, 17, who was expected to graduate high school in 2014. The father and son had flown across the country from the Pacific Northwest to visit university campuses. Yale was next.

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Bill Henningsgaard was expected to land at Tweed New Haven Airport in Connecticut. However, Henningsgaard aborted a landing and was preparing to circle back for a second attempt. Ultimately, the plane crashed. According to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Robert Gretz, Henningsgaard did not make a distress call. What's more, evidence reveal the plane did not run out of fuel.struck two homes. An unnamed woman and her two children, ages 1 and 13, were at home when the plane crashed through the roof. A burning inferno engulfed the two-story home, making it impossible for the mother to rescue her children. The mother rushed into the street and screamed for help. Neighbors entered the house to search but emerged unsuccessful as billows of smoke and fire continued to grow. Firefighters that reached the scene extinguished the fire but could not recover the children.

The Connecticut plane crash occurred on Charter Oake Avenue of East Haven and

"We are doing everything we can for the mom," Mayor Joseph Maturo of East Haven said. "Our hearts go out to her and her family."

After the fire was extinguished, authorities entered the house and indentified two bodies, an adult and a child, in the basement of the home. Unfortunately, investigators stated that the structure of the house is too unstable for authorities to perform a thorough search.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut spoke during a press statement Friday afternoon, admitting that there could be as many as five victims. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Robert Gretz said at a nighttime news conference there could have been as many as six victims - three in the plane and three on the ground.

The flight from Teterboro Airport to Tweed New haven Airport usually takes less than 30 minutes. This time, the flight faced rainy and windy morning conditions.

Neighbor Morgan Cianelli lives just four blocks away from the crash site and was able to hear planes overhead. "We could tell this plane was super low, and it was just not normal," Cianelli said. "We had heard the engine completely give out. Like, you heard the engine over our house, and you could hear no more engine."

The plane was still in the air when Cianelli heard the engine stall. Cianelli says there was a brief silence after the engine stopped and just befroe the Connecticut Plane Crash emphasizing a lapse in time before she heard the explosion.

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