By Imran Khan • 05 March 2023 • 8:00
Passenger killed after severe turbulence hits plane
Photo by Kevin Porter
Severe turbulence resulted in the death of a passenger on board a private jet, according to US officials.
Officials said that an investigation has been launched into the rare death, which resulted in the plane making a forced landing.
The incident happened after a Bombardier executive jet was hit with turbulence as it was travelling from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia.
As per a statement by a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) cited by Mail Online, five people were onboard the flight.
NTSB did not provide any details further about the extent of the damage to the plane or whether the passenger who died was wearing a seatbelt.
“The jet’s cockpit voice and data recorders were sent to NTSB headquarters for analysis”, said NTSB officials, adding that two of the crew along with other surviving passengers were interviewed.
The jet is owned by Conexon, which is a high-speed internet company based in Kansas, Missouri, as per the Federal Aviation Administration database.
“On 03/03/2023, at approximately 3:49 PM, Connecticut State Troopers responded to a medical assist call at Bradley International Airport. One patient was subsequently transported to an area hospital via ambulance”, said a statement by a Connecticut State Police spokesperson
It added, “Our agency is assisting as needed; however, the NTSB and the FBI are investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. For further information please contact those agencies directly”.
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