According to the company and the Federal Aviation Administration, a former White House official, Dana Hyde, was killed after a business jet hit turbulence.
Dana Hyde, 55, of Cabin John, Md., was flying with her husband and one of her sons on an aircraft owned by rural broadband consulting firm Conexon, the company said. Neither of her relatives nor the two members of the flight crew was injured, according to the company and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Hyde was taken to a hospital in Hartford, Conn., after the Bombardier jet, heading from Keene, N.H., to Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia, made an emergency landing, Connecticut State Police said. The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The family members were returning Friday from a trip to visit schools in New England, Hyde’s husband, Jonathan Chambers, said in an email to employees and clients of Conexon, which is based in Kansas City, Mo.
“Dana was the best person I ever knew. She was a wonderful mother to our boys and she was accomplished professionally,” Chambers wrote. “She loved and was beloved.”
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In addition to probing what it initially described as a turbulence event, the NTSB said Monday, its investigators are “now looking at a reported trim issue that occurred prior to the in-flight upset.” The agency did not describe the nature of the reported issue, but trim generally refers to a plane’s ability to maintain its altitude.
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