FARMINGTON, Conn. – Police on Friday identified two pilots and two passengers killed one day earlier when a small jet crashed into a manufacturing company production building in Farmington.
The pilots were identified as Mark Morrow, 57, of Danbury, and William O’Leary, 55, of Bristol, while the passengers were identified as Courtney Haviland, 33, and her husband, William Shrauner, 32, of Boston, the Connecticut Post reported.
Haviland was a medical simulation fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, according to the hospital. Shrauner was a cardiology fellow at Boston Medical Center, according to his LinkedIn profile and the Boston University School of Medicine.
“The Farmington Police Department extends their deepest condolences to the friends and family of the four passengers who died in this tragic crash,” Farmington police Lt. Tim McKenzie said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press.
Officials said Thursday that the Cessna Citation 560X took off a short while before the crash from the nearby Robertson Airport in Plainville. Citing witnesses, McKenzie said the jet appeared to have had some sort of mechanical failure during takeoff. It struck the ground outside the Trumpf Inc. building in Farmington, about a mile away from the airport, before sliding into the building and bursting into flames.
More than 100 people were inside the Trumpf building at the time of the crash. Company officials said Thursday that two employees were injured.
“Today we’re focused on assessing the damage in our production facilities and seeing what we can do to get the company back up and producing machine tools and lasers for our customers all across North America,” Trumpf’s senior vice president, Burke Doar, said in a video posted Friday on Facebook.
“We also want to thank all of the customers that have been reaching out to all of my colleagues and myself in the last 24 hours, expressing sympathy and their concern. It means a lot to us, and so thank you very much for that.”
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
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