One crew member and three passengers were killed when a small aircraft crossed a no-fly zone above Washington, D.C. this week and crashed in southwest Virginia, according to a significant contributor to former President Trump.
After F-16 aircraft from Joint Base Andrews rushed quickly to reply to a Cessna Citation airplane owned by Florida entrepreneur and key “MAGA” contributor John Rumpel, locals in the Washington, D.C., region allegedly heard a huge sonic boom.
The Washington Post quoted Encore Motors of Melbourne Inc. owner Rumpel, 75, as saying that his “entire family,” consisting of his daughter Adina Azarian, and his two-year-old granddaughter, and her babysitter, were on board the aircraft when it crashed into a sparsely inhabited region close to Montebello, Virginia.
He said, “We don’t know anything about the accident. I need to keep the line open since we are now speaking with the FAA.”
Rumpel informed the New York Times, “I don’t believe they’ve located the debris yet. Nobody could survive a collision at such speed, since it was descending at 20,000 feet per minute.”
Local media was informed by Virginia state police that there were no survivors at the accident scene.
This week, US aviation authorities were looking into the deadly accident of an “unresponsive” private aircraft. Authorities apparently made an effort to get in touch with the pilot when the plane reached locations near the White House and the nation’s capital.
According to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) representatives, it is not yet clear why the pilot ignored attention flares or why the jet crashed.
“The NORAD aircraft also employed flares during the incident, which might have been viewable to the general public, in an effort to get the pilot’s attention,” according to the statement. “The safety of both the intercepted aircraft and those on the ground is our first priority when using flares. When flares are released, they burn off swiftly and completely, posing no threat to anybody on the ground.”
According to the Federal Aviation Admin. (FAA), the airplane took off from Elizabethton Local Airport in Tennessee and was headed towards Long Island MacArthur Airport in New York when it crashed in the Shenandoah Valley, roughly 150 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
Rumpel allegedly said that his family was leaving an airport in East Tennessee to go back to their residence in East Hampton, Long Island, after visiting his property in North Carolina.
He had been a fervent Trump fan and is said to have contributed around $250,000 to the former president’s 2020 campaign.
Barbara Rumpel, Rumpel’s wife, served as the NRA women’s leadership forum’s representative on Trump’s 2nd Amendment Coalition.
The accident investigation will apparently be handled by the National Transportation Safety Board, and a preliminary report is anticipated to be made public in about three weeks.