Metro

Funeral set for victims of Conn. plane crash

EAST HAVEN, Conn. — A teenage girl and her 1-year-old sister who died when an airplane crashed into their Connecticut home last week will be laid to rest Friday, a relative said Monday.

The funeral for 13-year-old Sade Brantley and 1-year-old Madisyn Mitchell is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ in New Haven, said their aunt, Lawanda Middleton.

Advertisement

A 10-seat, propeller-driven plane piloted by former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard struck two homes in East Haven while approaching Tweed New Haven Airport shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday. Henningsgaard, 54, of Medina, Wash., and his 17-year-old son, Maxwell, also died in the accident.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board said the plane, a Rockwell International Turbo Commander 690B, was upside down when it hit at a 60-degree angle, and the pilot did not declare an emergency before the crash. A preliminary report is expected within two weeks.

The two heavily damaged homes, which caught fire after the accident, were expected to be torn down.

Middleton, who runs a church in Hamden with her husband, said Monday that her family was not releasing any information but may do so later.

‘‘My family’s just grieving right now,’’ she said.

Advertisement

After the crash, the children’s mother, Joann Mitchell, yelled for help from the front lawn and some people in the neighborhood tried to rescue the children, but were forced to turn back because of the fire. No one was in the other house at the time of the accident.

Funeral information was not available Monday for Henningsgaard and his son.

It was the second plane crash for Henningsgaard, a highly regarded philanthropist and a member of Seattle-based Social Venture Partners, a foundation that helps build up communities. In 2009, he was flying a small plane to Seattle with his mother aboard when the engine quit. He crash-landed in the Columbia River.

Henningsgaard spent 14 years at Microsoft in marketing and sales, according to his biography on the Social Venture Partners website.

Loading comments...
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.