Ohio Plane Crash Kills New Jersey Couple

by nph | June 24th, 2011

June 24, 2011

A middle-aged couple from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, died in central Ohio after crashing their plane into a cornfield on Sunday. The couple was the parents of a former Harvard student who gained notoriety several years ago after losing a book deal because of plagiarism in her first work.

According to the Associated Press, the accident occurred just before 9:00 AM at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. The couple arrived in Columbus on Friday, after flying in from Washington, D.C., following a visit with their daughter. They refueled and attempted to take off Sunday, but for an unknown reason the plane crashed into a cornfield at the end of the runway and caught fire, killing both on board.

The airport had to shut down for several hours after the crash, but was open again by Sunday afternoon.

Ohio State Troopers say that the man flying was a licensed pilot. The plane was registered to Buds Aviation in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have both sent in investigators to determine the cause of the crash; however, NTSB will be leading the investigation because there were deaths involved.

The Ohio aviation accident attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy have gained knowledge and experience from the many previous aviation cases they have handled. Senior Partner, Jamie R. Lebovitz, discussed family rights regarding aviation accidents recently in a news report.