- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says fog may have played a role in the suburban New York plane crash that killed doctor and philanthropist Richard Rockefeller.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1lL17kc ) reports witnesses told the NTSB that the weather was “dark, rainy and foggy” the morning of the crash. The 65-year-old Falmouth, Maine, resident died June 13 when his single-engine plane crashed in Purchase, New York. Rockefeller was the only person on board.

The paper reports visibility was so poor on the morning of the crash that an air traffic controller could not tell whether the plane had taken off. An NTSB report states Rockefeller’s plane was about 60 feet off the ground when it struck a tree.

Rockefeller was a great-grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller.

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