Rockefeller HEIR dies in crash while flying his own plane out of New York

Richard Rockefeller, great grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller, died today in a small plane crash outside New York City, a family spokesman confirmed today.

The aircraft took off just after 8am on Friday and went down after hitting some trees west of the airfield, according to Westchester County Airport.

Rockefeller, of Falmouth, Maine, was the only person on board the Portland, Maine-registered aircraft.

The 65-year-old was a doctor and leaves his wife Nancy and two children, Clayton and Rebecca.

The plane, a single-engine Piper Meridian, crashed on a road in the hamlet of Purchase, a community of about 10,000 residents that houses a State University of New York campus.

It wasn’t immediately known whether the pilot reported any problems before going down.

He had taken off in foggy and rainy conditions this morning.

Dr Rockefeller had flown from Portland International Jetport in Maine on Thursday to Westchester Airport. The doctor lived in Falmouth, Maine.

The plane costs an estimated $2.2million and seats six people, including the pilot.