Married couple killed in plane crash were doctors at Boston Medical Center and Brown Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Four people killed in a small jet crash in Connecticut were identified Friday as a couple from Boston, who are both doctors and two local pilots.
Farmington police said Courtney Haviland, 33, and her husband, William Shrauner, 32, were passengers on the jet that crashed into a manufacturing company building shortly after takeoff from Robertson Airport in Plainville on Thursday morning.
The pilots were William O’Leary, 55, from Bristol, and Mark Morrow, 57, from Danbury, Farmington Police Officer Lieutenant Tim McKenzie said.
“The Farmington Police Department extends its deepest condolences to the friends and families of the four passengers who died in this tragic crash,” McKenzie said in a statement.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene of the fiery accident Friday. The cause is still under investigation.
Growing up in Farmington, Haviland worked as a fellow at Brown Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Shrauner was a cardiology fellow at Boston Medical Center. Both attended Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our cardiology fellows, Dr. Will Shrauner, and his wife, Dr. Courtney Haviland,” Boston Medical Center said in a statement Friday. “Will…was known to many as an outstanding educator, physician, colleague and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Will and Courtney’s family and loved ones.”
The Cessna Citation 560X took off just before 10 a.m. on a flight to Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, North Carolina, the Federal Aviation Administration said. McKenzie said there appeared to be some sort of mechanical failure during takeoff.
The plane made contact with the ground a short distance from the runway and crashed into a building at Trumpf Inc. The impact caused chemical fires in the building. Two employees suffered minor injuries, a spokesman said.
Burke Doar, senior vice president at Trumpf, said in a video posted to Twitter that company officials were assessing the damage Friday and trying to get the production of machine tools and lasers for customers back on track.
Associated Press writer Pat Eaton-Robb contributed to this report.