Connecticut plane crash: Former Microsoft exec, three to six others believed dead after small aircraft crash

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Robert Gretz says there are reports of two or three people killed who were in the plane, and two or three more who died on the ground in the East Haven crash. Among those dead is believed to be pilot Bill Henningsgaard.

Bill Henningsgaard and son Maxwell Henningsgaard were killed in a plane crash Friday in East Haven, Conn.

Bill Henningsgaard and son Maxwell Henningsgaard were killed in a plane crash Friday in East Haven, Conn.  Bill Henningsgaard via Facebook

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. — The National Transportation Safety Board says four to six people are believed dead after a small plane crashed in a working-class Connecticut neighborhood near an airport and engulfed two houses in flames.

NTSB investigator Robert Gretz says there are reports of two or three people in the plane and two or three on the ground. He says local and state authorities are at the scene looking for victims.

Responders survey the scene of the small plane crash.

Responders survey the scene of the small plane crash.   GLENN DUDA/Reuters

Two of those are believed to be pilot Bill Henningsgaard, a former vice president at Microsoft, and his son, Max, according to CNN.

The  fiery small plane crash left two East Haven, Conn. kids missing inside their burning suburban home after a botched landing on a rainy Friday morning, authorities said.

One of the two homes was vacant when the plane hit.

One of the two homes was vacant when the plane hit.   Fred Beckham/AP

The pilot had also been unaccounted for after the 11:25 a.m. wreck of the turbo-prop plane that departed from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.

The mother of the missing kids — one 13, the other just 1 — was at the scene as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze at her Cape Cod-style home and the one next door.

The pilot was also unaccounted for after the 11:25 a.m. wreck.

The pilot was also unaccounted for after the 11:25 a.m. wreck.   Fred Beckham/AP

While a search continued for the siblings and the lone person aboard the plane, officials braced for the worst.

“We are doing everything we can for the mom, who is here with her priest,” said East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo. “Our hearts go out to her and her family.”

The small plane that crashed into two homes in East Haven, Conn., had taken off from Teterboro Airport Friday morning.

The small plane that crashed into two homes in East Haven, Conn., had taken off from Teterboro Airport Friday morning.  New York Daily News

Frank Diglio, 55, was in tears after he tried in vain to find the two lost kids.

Diglio, speaking to The Hartford Courant, said he was driving past the burning home when he saw people screaming for help.

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