On June 4, 2023, a tragic plane crash occurred in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of the pilot and three passengers. The crash involved a Cessna Citation, which was en route to East Hampton, New York, from North Carolina.
John Rumpel, the family company owner of the wrecked aircraft, told the Washington Post that his daughter Adina Azarian and her 2-year-old granddaughter Aria Azarian were among the passengers on board.
The aircraft was unresponsive and veered off course, prompting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to scramble F-16 fighter jets to intercept the plane.
The FAA lost contact with the jet just 15 minutes after it took off, and the plane crashed near the George Washington National in Virginia.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the incident, and the wreckage is expected to be taken to a secure facility in Delaware for analysis.
The plane’s autopilot is a key area of interest for investigators, as the flight turned around and kept flying for more than 300 miles before crashing in rural Virginia.
The FAA and other agencies are working to determine the cause of the crash and the functionality of the plane’s autopilot.
John Rumpel, the family company owner, confirmed that Barbara Rumpel, who is listed as the president of the company, is safe but declined to comment further.
The incident has raised questions about the safety of private aircraft and the potential factors that contributed to the tragic accident.