Authorities have released the identity of the four people who died Thursday when a business jet enroute to Dare County Regional Airport crashed shortly after taking off in Connecticut.
NBC Connecticut reported the two pilots were William O’Leary, 55, of Bristol, Connecticut, and Mark Morrow, 57, of Danbury.
The two passengers have been identified as Courtney Haviland, 33, and William Shrauner, 31, a husband and wife from Boston, Massachusetts.
The couple both worked as doctors in Boston, Shrauner at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Haviland at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. They had a 1-year-old son and Haviland was pregnant with their second child, according to the TV station.
The Cessna Citation 560X business jet took off from Robertson Field Airport in Plainville, Connecticut. Witnesses said the plane immediately ran into trouble and hit the ground before skidding into the side of an industrial building in the town of Farmington.
Two people inside the building suffered non-life threatening injuries.
“Dr. Will Shrauner, who trained at the Brigham from 2016-2020, was an exceptional and committed colleague. Both Will and his wife, Dr. Courtney Haviland, were bright lights, devoted physicians and dear friends. We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss, and our hearts go out to their families, friends and colleagues during this incredibly heartbreaking time,” said Joel Katz, MD, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s.
“Our hearts are broken following the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Courtney Haviland and her husband, Dr. Will Shrauner. Courtney first came to MassGeneral Hospital for Children in 2016 as a resident and most recently completed a fellowship in Medical Simulation this past June before moving on to Brown University where she worked as a fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She was universally loved by her colleagues and patients and lived a life full of meaning. Her bright smile and the twinkle in her eye left an indelible mark on all who met her, as did her boundless kindness and compassion. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones as we grieve with them during this difficult and tragic time,” said Ron Kleinman, MD, physician-in-chief at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.