Plane Crashes at SUNY PURCHASE Departing Westchester Airport. P ilot Sole Occupant Killed

WPCNR NEWS BREAK. From Westchester OEM Reports. June 13, 2014 UPDATED 11:05 P.M. E.D.T.:

The Federal Aviation Administration reports a small Piper Malibu Meridian aircraft, originating from Westchester County Airport crashed one mile southwest of the airport near The SUNY Purchase College Campus.

There is one fatal injury to the pilot of the plane who was the only soul on board.

The pilot is identified by a spokesman for his family, ¬†as Dr. ¬†Richard Rockefeller, 65, a nephew of former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller, who also was governor of New York from 1959 to 1973. Richard Rockefeller ate dinner with his father, banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, in Westchester to celebrate the family patriarch’s 99th birthday, a family spokesman said.

The spokesman described him as an experienced pilot whose death left the family in shock.

There are no additional injuries or fatalities reported. The college was not impacted by the crash.

The cause of the crash is still undetermined.

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