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Richard Rockefeller Dies In Westchester Plane Crash

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A family spokesman says the pilot of a small plane who died in a crash in Westchester County Friday morning was Richard Rockefeller, great grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller.

Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace says the aircraft took off just after 8 a.m. Friday and went down after hitting some trees west of the airfield. Rockefeller, of Falmouth, Maine, was the only person on board the Portland, Maine-registered aircraft. The family spokesman says the 64-year-old was a father of two, and a doctor, and recently had been working on a way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in wounded war veterans. The spokesman says Rockefeller was in Westchester Thursday to celebrate his father’s 99th birthday. His father is philanthropist David Rockefeller. Starace says the plane was a single-engine Piper Meridian that crashed on a road in the hamlet of Purchase. It was not immediately known whether the pilot reported any problems before going down.

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