Son, grandson of former Astoria mayor killed in Conn. plane crash

Son, grandson of former Astoria mayor killed in Conn. plane crash

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by KGW Staff, Associated Press

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Posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

EAST HAVEN, Conn. -- A Seattle man and his son were killed when a small plane crashed into two Connecticut homes Friday, engulfing them in flames. Two to four other people were likely dead, authorities said.

As first reported by the Daily Astorian and NBC News, Seattle resident Bill Henningsgaard was flying a small plane out of Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and tried to land at Tweed-New Haven Airport but was unable to for unknown reasons. 

The plane was attempting a second landing when it crashed into a home in East Haven. 

Henningsgaard and his son are both from the Seattle area. Bill Henningsgaard's mother, Edith Henningsgaard-Miller, is the former mayor of Astoria. 

Soon after the crash, officials had said at least three people were missing: the pilot and two children, ages 1 and 13, in one of the houses. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy later said the plane also may have been carrying two passengers but officials were still trying to verify whether that was true.

Henningsgard and his mother survived a 2009 plane crash when he had engine problems and had to crash-land in the Columbia river. 

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