Doctor couple from Boston ID’d as passengers on crashed plane

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Doctor couple from Boston ID'd as passengers on crashed plane

The two passengers who died aboard a business jet that crashed in Connecticut on Thursday, killing all four people aboard, have been identified as a Boston couple who are both doctors.

Police in Farmington said Dr. Courtney Haviland, 33, her husband, Dr. William Shrauner, 32, were passengers on the Cessna Citation 560X that crashed into a building shortly after takeoff from Robertson Airport in Plainville.

The pilots from Connecticut were identified by police Lt. Tim McKenzie as William O’Leary, 55, of Bristol, and Mark Morrow, 57, of Danbury.

According to online records, Haviland was a pediatrician affiliated with North Shore Medical Center-Salem in Boston and Shrauner was an internist and cardiology fellow at Boston Medical Center.

The couple both attended Weill Cornell Medicine, where Haviland landed a residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Shrauner at nearby Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the medical school said in an online article from March 2016.

Flames engulf the wreckage after a plane crashed into the Trumpf Inc. building in Farmington, Connecticut, U.S., September 2, 2021, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.
The pilots from Connecticut were identified by police Lt. Tim McKenzie as William O’Leary of Bristol and Mark Morrow of Danbury.
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Messages left at the couple’s hospitals were not immediately returned Friday.

Farmington police are assisting the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board with the investigation into the crash.

“The Farmington Police Department extends their deepest condolences to the friends and family of the four passengers who died in this tragic crash,” the department said in a statement.

The NTSB said its investigator arrived at the scene Friday morning to begin the probe.

 “The investigator will document the scene, examine the aircraft, request any air traffic communications, radar data, weather reports and try to contact any witnesses,” the agency said, according to WFSB.

“Also, the investigator will request maintenance records of the aircraft, and medical records and flight history of the pilot,” it added.

The corporate jet took off just before 10 a.m. on a flight headed to Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, North Carolina, the FAA said.

McKenzie said there appeared to be some type of mechanical failure during takeoff.

The plane impacted the ground a short distance from the runway and crashed into a building at Trumpf Inc., an industrial machine manufacturing company, setting off chemical fires inside the building.

Wreckage from a Cessna Citation 560X aircraft is visible after after it crashed into a building at the manufacturing company Trumpf Inc. in Farmington, Conn., and caught fire Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, after taking off from nearby Robertson Airport in Plainville, Conn. The small jet crashed shortly after taking off, killing all four people aboard, officials said.
The two passengers who died aboard a jet that crashed, killing all four people aboard, have been identified as a Boston couple who are both doctors.
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Two employees suffered minor injuries, officials said.

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