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The Today File

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November 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Pilot error cited in fatal plane crash that killed ex-Microsoft exec

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William “Bill” V. Henningsgaard

 

The Associated Press

EAST HAVEN, Conn. — Federal investigators say pilot error in windy conditions caused a plane to crash in Connecticut last year, killing four people including two children in a home that was struck.

The National Transportation Safety Board report last month says former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard of Medina, Washington, caused the 10-seat plane to stall and crash in August 2013 when he failed to maintain airspeed while banking “aggressively” in gusty tail wind conditions.

The aircraft flipped upside down and crashed into two houses in East Haven during a landing attempt.

The crash killed Henningsgaard, his 13-year-old son, Maxwell, and two children in one of the homes — 13-year-old Sade Brantley and her 1-year-old sister, Madisyn Mitchell.

Authorities said Henningsgaard was flying from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Tweed New Haven Airport.

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