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Fri Jun 13, 2014, 12:25 PM

 

Rockefeller son dies after his plane crashes

Source: USA Today

PURCHASE, N.Y A son of the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family died Friday after the small plane he was piloting crashed into a neighborhood near Westchester County Airport.

Richard Rockefeller, 64, of Falmouth, Maine, ate dinner the night before with his father, David Rockefeller, to celebrate the scion's 99th birthday, said family spokesman Fraser Seitel, who confirmed the death.

"It's a terrible tragedy," Seitel said. "The family is in shock. Richard was a wonderful and cherished member of the family. He was an experienced pilot. He was a medical doctor, and it's horribly sad."

The plane, a Piper Meridian single-engine turbo prop registered to Richard Rockefeller, left the White Plains, N.Y., airport about 8 a.m. ET and was reported down within 10 minutes in a residential area less than 3 miles away in Purchase, about 30 miles north of New York, airport operations administrator Peter Scherrer said. The weather at the time of takeoff was foggy and rainy.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/13/one-dead-plane-crash-westchester-county-airport



Cross gently Richard. You've done your family proud.

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Reply Rockefeller son dies after his plane crashes (Original post)
Cooley Hurd Jun 2014 OP
closeupready Jun 2014 #1
Post removed Jun 2014 #20
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2014 #2
TwilightGardener Jun 2014 #3
yurbud Jun 2014 #4
Spouting Horn Jun 2014 #13
yurbud Jun 2014 #15
JI7 Jun 2014 #16
Name removed Jun 2014 #19
leftynyc Jun 2014 #5
Major Nikon Jun 2014 #8
Capt.Rocky300 Jun 2014 #9
Major Nikon Jun 2014 #11
Capt.Rocky300 Jun 2014 #14
PeoViejo Jun 2014 #10
Iliyah Jun 2014 #6
SiobhanClancy Jun 2014 #7
renate Jun 2014 #22
question everything Jun 2014 #12
JI7 Jun 2014 #18
sendero Jun 2014 #17
Gormy Cuss Jun 2014 #21
renate Jun 2014 #23

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 12:45 PM

1. Oh no. How sad. So unfair, but RIP.

 

K&R

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 01:00 PM

2. How terribly sad...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 01:08 PM

3. Imagine being heir to billions, but becoming a doctor--all the work

and dedication that would entail, when you don't really need the money. Sounds like a real loss. Rest in peace.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 01:14 PM

4. even with all that money, you still need a reason to get out of bed in the morning

not everybody is built to party all the time or enslave the world (or both).

Some people have to feel like they are doing something useful with their lives.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 08:35 PM

13. Well said

And of course no one really knows how much access he had to their fortune. If I was mega rich I would not bequeath my children enough so they could do nothing.

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Response to Spouting Horn (Reply #13)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 01:35 AM

15. That's the OTHER Buffett rule:

I want to leave my children enough money that they would feel that they can do anything, but not so much that they can do nothing." Warren Buffett.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #15)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 04:38 AM

16. that's why we don't see Buffet "Socialites" around

he will pay for education and health care but otherwise they have to work for it. they are still privileged in that if they want to go to an expensive school it will be fully funded and they can just focus on education without part time jobs or worry about paying it back.

but if they drop out he isn't going to be taking care of them. and certainly not provide a wealthy lifestyle for them.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 01:38 PM

5. Th weather was awful here this morning

 

I live around 5 miles from the airport and I'm a bit surprised he was cleared to take off. Ceiling was very low. May he rest in peace.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 04:56 PM

8. Flying part 91 of the aviation regs you can legally take off with zero visibility

Some people do it. I don't. I was stuck in Kansas City on Friday for 3 hours until the visibility came up to 1 mile. Although it's legal to take off in fog, I don't do it because if I have a problem I can't return to the airport I just left. I heard some people departing even when the fog was at its worst.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 06:35 PM

9. As the saying goes.........

There are old pilots and bold pilots but no old bold pilots.

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Response to Capt.Rocky300 (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 08:06 PM

11. The reported visibility at the time of the crash was between 1/2 and 1/4 of a mile

I'm not going to guess what the cause of the accident was, but it would have been tough getting back into the White Plains airport around that time had he needed to return.

Having to wait added 2 hours to my trip last Friday. I was flying between Kansas City and Dallas and had I got out at 6:30 as I planned I would have beat the weather moving in from the west. After waiting until 9:30 I had to divert almost all the way to Little Rock before I got around it. It was very tempting to take off into the soup, but I stick to my own personal standards which are higher than anything the FAA would let me do legally. Interestingly enough there was a professional pilot waiting to fly his boss in the exact same model aircraft as Rockefeller's. Like me he wasn't going to take off with less than 1/4 mile visibility. So it appears as if Rockefeller was bolder than either one of us.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 11:34 PM

14. The good thing about flying Part 121 is that it is......

all spelled out. The mins for takeoff and landing are hard numbers. I wish the Feds would institute tighter limits in Part 91. Sometimes rules can make up for bad judgement and save lives. If they are followed, that is. Take it from this old captain and long ago CFII, you exercised good judgement. Stick with your standards Major.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 07:34 PM

10. VFR on Top

 

..hoping it's VFR at destination when one gets there.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 02:20 PM

6. Prayers for the family

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 03:52 PM

7. I have friends who knew him...

evidently he was a truly kind and generous man

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Response to SiobhanClancy (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 06:19 PM

22. thanks for sharing that from people who knew him

I was just reading a book of letters of parents to their children, and the original Rockefeller really did seem like a good, generous, and philanthropic person. Apparently that tradition made it through the generations intact. I'm sorry to hear that he's gone, but glad that he must have had a better life than that of many wealthy people who think only of themselves.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 08:16 PM

12. Sad loss for family and friends

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but... cannot help it. Doesn't the word scion refer to a descendant, not to a parent?

In the sentence talking about celebrating David Rockefeller the scion's 99th birthday..


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Response to question everything (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 05:02 AM

18. i would think the term would apply to both

since david's father and grandfather made the family famous/wealthy.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 04:50 AM

17. Lucky Man


He had white horses and ladies by the score
All dressed in satin and waiting by the door

Ooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooh, what a lucky man he was

White lace and feathers, they made up his bed
A gold covered mattress on which he was laid

Ooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooh, what a lucky man he was

He went to fight wars for his country and his king
Of his honor and his glory, the people would sing

Ooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooh, what a lucky man he was

A bullet had found him, his blood ran as he cried
No money could save him, so he laid down and died

Ooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooh, what a lucky man he was

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Response to Gormy Cuss (Reply #21)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 06:21 PM

23. that is well worth a read

I'd never heard of him. Now I'm really sad. He sounds like a phenomenal person.

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