Bill Henningsgaard, Ex-Microsoft Exec, and Son Identified as Victims in East Haven Crash
Bill Henningsgaard, a former vice president with Microsoft, and his son were identified as the two killed in the East Haven, Connecticut, plane crash on Friday, according to reports.
Henningsgaard was a former executive with Microsoft, reported Seattle-based KOMO TV. The name of the son was not disclosed.
The Daily Astorian cited Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen, who was with the Henningsgaard family when they learned of the news.
KOMO said that Henningsgaard, a Microsoft vice president for 14 years, and his son were in the plane when it crashed into two homes.
“We presume there’s going to be a very bad outcome for two people reported to be in the house and at least the pilot of the plane,” East Haven Fire Chief Doug Jackson told the Wall Street Journal.
A 13-year-old boy and a one-year-old were reported missing after the crash.
“We are doing everything we can for the mom,” East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo told NBC News.
NBC News reported that the plane flew out of Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and tried to land at Tweed-New Haven Airport but crashed instead. It is unclear why the plane went down.
Tweed’s airport manager, Lori Hoffman-Soares, said the pilot had been in communication with air traffic control and did not issue any distress calls.
“All we know is that it missed the approach and continued on. There were no distress calls as far as we know,” she said.
A neighbor, David Esposito, said he heard a loud noise and then a thump. “No engine noise, nothing,” he said.
“A woman was screaming her kids were in there,” he said.
Esposito said he ran into the upstairs of the house, where the woman believed her children were, but they could not find them. They returned downstairs to search, but he dragged the woman out when the flames became too strong.
East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo offered sympathy to the family.
“It’s total devastation in the back of the home,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.