Plane crash brings count of manslaughter

by nph | February 1st, 2012

February 1, 2012

A 57-year-old man from Massachusetts is accused of killing his daughter in a plane crash, according to the Concord Monitor. The Hillsboro pilot was indicted by a Massachusetts grand jury on Friday with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a 2011 New Year’s Day plane crash.

The pilot was flying a fixed-wing, Cessna airplane without sufficient experience or licensure.

“[He] was neither licensed nor qualified to fly that twin-engine plane without an instructor on board, and he was repeatedly warned as such, yet he nevertheless chose to fly the plane at night with a passenger on board,” the Assistant District Attorney said.

His daughter, the mother of two sons, was killed because of her father’s “wanton or reckless conduct.”

On the day of the accident, the pilot took off from Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene about 4:30 p.m., and around 6 p.m., the plane hit some trees and landed in a shallow marsh about 100 yards short of the runway, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

His daughter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Emergency responders found her in the upside down plane, its wings sheared off, officials said.

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