Jet Passenger Killed By Severe Turbulence

A business jet that departed a small New England airport Friday afternoon was buffeted by severe turbulence, killing a passenger and forcing the aircraft to divert to Bradley International Airport, officials said Saturday.

Five people were aboard the Bombardier executive jet that was shaken by turbulence late Friday afternoon while traveling from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia, said Sarah Sulick, spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB, which launched an investigation, was interviewing the two crew members and surviving passengers, and the jet’s cockpit voice and data recorders were sent to NTSB headquarters for analysis, Sulick said.

NTSB is investigating the March 3 turbulence event involving a Bombardier Challenger 300 airplane that diverted to Windsor Locks, Connecticut and resulted in fatal injuries to a passenger.

— NTSB Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) March 4, 2023

Online flight records showed the Bombardier Challenger 300 jet departed from the airport in Keene around 3:35 p.m. on Friday, traveling southbound along a path that closely followed the Connecticut River. The online flight records showed the plane reached an altitude of approximately 26,000 feet before beginning a descent around Springfield, Massachusetts.

Jet passenger killed by severe turbulence
Food trays and other stuff are scattered inside the cabin as Lufthansa Flight 469 from Austin, Texas, headed to Frankfurt, Germany, that experienced “significant turbulence” and was diverted to Washington Dulles International Airport, Virginia, where it landed safely Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Crews responded to the flight and took seven people to hospitals with injuries that were believed to be minor.

A Federal Aviation Administration database showed the jet was owned by Conexon, a company based in Kansas City, Missouri, that provides high-speed internet to rural communities.

In an emailed statement, Conexon confirmed it owns the jet involved in the incident and that the passenger who died was not an employee of the company.

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