The National Transportation Safety Board said a man aboard a tiny plane perished above New England when the business flight encountered extreme turbulence.
The individual and the other plane occupants—three passengers and two crew members—were not identified by authorities. Conexon, a corporation based in Kansas City, Missouri, which provides high-speed internet connectivity to remote regions, owns the Bombardier executive jet.
On Saturday, the Bombardier Challenger 300 was en route from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia, when it experienced severe motion sickness and had to be diverted to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, according to NTSB spokesman Sarah Sulick.
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Sulick stated, “The aircraft is now secured at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been removed, and NTSB investigators are still interviewing the pilot, the operator, and the passengers to learn more about what happened.
The NTSB did not disclose the degree of the craft’s damage or whether the victim was wearing a seatbelt.
The National Transportation Safety Board stated that it was looking into the March 3 turbulence incident involving a Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft that caused it to divert to Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and resulted in a passenger’s death.
The business did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
On longer commercial flights, turbulence is known to inflict damage but seldom fatalities.
Robert Sumwalt, a former NTSB chair and executive director of the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University remarked, “I can’t remember the last fatality due to turbulence.