Four bodies pulled from plane crash

2013-08-10T11:15:00Z 2013-08-22T21:28:30Z Four bodies pulled from plane crashThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 10, 2013 11:15 am  • 

EAST HAVEN, Conn. | Four bodies have been recovered from the site of a plane crash in a residential Connecticut neighborhood, a fire official said Saturday.

Those presumed dead are the pilot, a former Microsoft executive, his teenage son and two children in a home struck by the plane.

The bodies — two from the plane and two from one of the two houses it struck — were pulled from the site Friday shortly before midnight, said Anthony Moscato, deputy chief of the East Haven Fire Department. He said they are believed to be the only victims.

The multi-engine, propeller-driven plane struck the two small homes near Tweed New Haven Airport just before noon Friday. The aircraft's left wing lodged in one house and its right wing in the other.

Authorities previously said as many as six people could have been killed. The victims were not immediately identified. Their remains were sent to the Connecticut medical examiner's office as the National Transportation Safety Board continued its investigation of the crash.

Two children, ages 1 and 13, have been missing since the plane crashed into their home.

A family member said the pilot was former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard, who was taking his son, Maxwell, on an East Coast tour of colleges.

The family learned it was Bill Henningsgaard's plane through the tail number, said his brother, Blair Henninsgaard, the city attorney in Astoria, Ore.

It wasn't his first crash. Four years ago, Bill Henningsgaard crash-landed his plane on Washington's Columbia River, and he and his 84-year-old mother were rescued by a passing boat as the plane began to sink.

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