Cessna Citation 560X

Four Dead in Connecticut Cessna Crash

A Cessna Citation 560X private jet crashed into a building in Farmington, Connecticut, killing four people. The fatal Cessna plane crash happened at around 9:52 a.m. local time on Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Authorities say the Cessna Citation departed from Robertson Airport in Plainville and was destined for North Carolina when something went disastrously wrong. According to witnesses, the plane experienced a technical problem after takeoff, then fell to the ground and crashed into a manufacturing company building.

The crash killed the pilots, 55-year-old William O’Leary, of Bristol, Connecticut, and 57-year-old Mark Morrow of Danbury, Connecticut. Thirty-two-year-old William Shrauner and his wife, 33-year-old Courtney Haviland, also died in the crash.

Two employees from Trumpf Inc. who were inside the building at the time of the fatal Cessna crash suffered minor injuries. Trumpf is a manufacturing company based in Germany.

About the Connecticut Plane Crash Victims

Dr. William Shrauner and his wife, Dr. Courtney Haviland, were widely respected physicians in the Boston, Massachusetts medical community. Dr. Haviland was a fellow at Brown Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. She also spent five years as a resident at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston.

Dr. Shrauner was a cardiology fellow at Boston Medical Center who completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Shrauner met Haviland at Weill Cornell Medical School. They later married at the Arlington Street Church in Boston. The couple leaves behind a young son, Teddy, who was not traveling with them at the time. Family members told the media that Haviland was expecting the couple’s second child.

Pilot William O’Leary was an experienced aviator who had been flying for three decades. According to a family friend, O’Leary had a “perfect record” flying the Cessna Citation 560X aircraft and was well acquainted with his co-pilot, Mark Morrow. The two men reportedly flew the Cessna plane “all the time.”

Morrow was also an experienced pilot who graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology in the 1980s. FIT is well-known for its advanced aviation and aeronautics programs. After FIT, Morrow spent two years working for Lufthansa Airlines in Hamburg, Germany.

Both pilots were in good standing with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and both had previously worked as flight instructors.

Aviation Attorneys with Experience Litigating Cessna Crash Cases

The award-winning aviation attorneys from the national law firm of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman have litigated numerous cases involving Cessna aircraft. Our attorneys have handled the following cases involving Cessna planes since 1990:

Make and Model

Type

Location

Year

Cessna 177

Crash

Torrance, California

2019

Cessna 401B

Crash

Salters, South Carolina

2017

Cessna 421C Golden Eagle

Crash

Huntsville, Texas

2017

Cessna 206

Crash

Donnelly, Idaho

2013

Cessna 421C

Crash

Shaver Lake, California

2012

Cessna 180J Seaplane

Crash

Davant, Louisiana

2010

Cessna 310P vs. Cessna 172N

Mid-Air Collision

Long Beach, California

2009

Cessna 172 vs. Cessna 150

Mid-Air Collision

Corona, California

2008

Cessna 310

Crash into Structure

Compton, California

2008

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Charter Flight Accident

Indiantown, Florida

2008

Cessna 150M crash

Crash

Holly Springs, Mississippi

2000

Cessna 414

Accident

Monarch, Montana

2000

Cessna T210M

Crash

Marcola, Oregon

1999

Cessna 404

Accident

Arusha, Tanzania

1999

Cessna T210N

Crash

Hillsboro, Oregon

1998

Cessna 172E Skyhawk

Crash

Topeka, Kansas

1997

Cessna 402B

Accident

Tampa, Florida

1997

Cessna 172

Crash

Eagle River, Alaska

1996

Cessna Super Skywagon 206C

Crash

Hartwood Virginia

1996

Cessna 182R vs. Cessna 170A

Mid-Air Collision

Proctor, Arkansas

1996

Cessna 152

Accident

Long Beach, California

1995

Cessna 172M

Accident

Portland, Maine

1995

Cessna 140

Crash

Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania

1995

Cessna Cardinal 177RG

Crash

South Lake Tahoe, California

1994

Cessna 172N

Crash

Prescott, Arizona

1994

Cessna 421B

Accident

Valley Park, Missouri

1993

Cessna 172N

Accident

Lompoc, California

1993

Cessna 182A

Crash

Long Island, New York

1993

Cessna 172

Accident

Towanda, Pennsylvania

1993

Cessna 402

Airline Accident

Grand Canyon, Arizona

1992

Cessna 310

--

Everett, Washington

1992

Cessna 172

--

Tricorner Knob, Tennessee

1992

Cessna 182

--

McKinleyville, California

1992

Cessna 172 Skyhawk II

--

Accokeek, Maryland

1992

Cessna 150

--

Upper Kalskag, Alaska

1992

Cessna 172N

--

Columbus, Montana

1991

Cessna 172M

--

Bellingham, Washington

1991

Cessna 402B

Airline Crash

Belize

1991

Cessna 150J

--

New Bern, North Carolina

1991

Cessna 150J

--

Kure Beach, North Carolina

1991

Cessna C-172

--

Oregon City, Oregon

1991

Cessna 210

--

Manassas, Virginia

1990

Cessna 172

--

Ferry County, Washington

1990

Cessna P210

--

La Verne, California

1990

Cessna 152

--

San Luis Obispo, California

1990

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Connecticut Plane Crash Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the cause of the fatal Cessna plane crash in Connecticut. The agency generally takes at least a year to formulate a report on general aviation crashes. The report will include the likely cause (or causes) of the crash and issue any relevant recommendations to prevent similar crashes from happening.

Aviation attorney Ronald L. M. Goldman has decades of experience litigating aviation cases involving Cessna planes. According to Goldman, the eyewitness reports indicate the pilots were dealing with mechanical failure. “Investigators will scrutinize the aircraft for any technical issues, and they will search for any anomalies in the maintenance logs, among other things,” says Goldman. “Our hearts are with the victims’ families. They need and deserve to know how something like this could have happened.”

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