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Four dead after plane crash in Farmington

By Ted Glanzer

Staff Writer

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The scene in Farmington Thursday morning - Submitted Photo

FARMINGTON – A small jet plane crashed in Farmington Thursday morning, killing all on board, according to police.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, Farmington police confirmed that 2 pilots and 2 passengers died in the crash.

On Friday, police identified the pilots as William O’Leary, 55, of Bristol, and Mark Morrow, 57, of Danbury. The two passengers have been identified as Courtney Haviland, 33, and her husband William Shrauner, 32, of Boston, MA.

"Our hearts go out to the family members of the two pilots and the passengers on that plane," Farmington Police Lt. Tim McKenzie said Thursday.

C. J. Thomas, Town Council chairman in Farmington, also sent out a message offering the town's condolences, support for Trumpf and appreciation for all the first responders and responding agencies.

"Today's accident is heartbreaking for the entire Farmington community, and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all the individuals involved in today's tragic event," he wrote in the message Thursday.

The small jet, which federal officials said was a Cessna Citation 560X, impacted the ground before striking the Trumpf building located at 111 Hyde Road shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.

The plane crashed shortly after taking off from Robertson Airport in Plainville.

McKenzie said witnesses reported the jet having difficulty shortly after takeoff.

A fire at the building was reported at 9:52 a.m. Thursday and the plane was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived, McKenzie said.

Firefighters from Farmington and Plainville responded, along with multiple other agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Drones and helicopters have been asked to keep a 4-mile radius from the scene.

The building was evacuated and debris and the charred wreckage of the plane littered the grassy campus at Trumpf as employees in the corporate office park looked on.

All Trumpf employees have been accounted for, McKenzie said.

The company later said that two if its employees had sustain injuries.

The plane, a business jet, was headed to Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, N.C. with four people on board, according to an FAA spokesperson.

The Farmington Police Department is assisting the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board with the investigation of the crash in Farmington. We expect investigators to be on scene through the weekend.

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