According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a male passenger passed away on a small jet due to severe turbulence during a business flight over New England.
The identities of the individuals on board were not disclosed; however, the Bombardier executive jet belonged to Conexon, a Kansas City-based company that provides high-speed internet services to rural communities.
The aircraft, a Bombardier Challenger 300, was en route from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia, on Saturday when it was subjected to such violent jolts that it was diverted to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, as stated by NTSB spokesperson Sarah Sulick to the Daily News.
“The aircraft is now secured at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn.,” Sulick said in a statement. “NTSB investigators have removed the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder and are continuing to gather information from the flight crew, operator and passengers about the circumstances of the event.”
It was not disclosed by the NTSB whether the deceased passenger was wearing a seatbelt or the level of harm caused to the aircraft.
“NTSB is investigating the March 3 turbulence event involving a Bombardier Challenger 300 airplane that diverted to Windsor Locks, Connecticut and resulted in fatal injuries to a passenger,” the agency tweeted.
On Sunday, the company was not immediately available to respond to a request for comment.
Although turbulence is known to result in injuries during larger commercial flights, fatalities are uncommon.
“I can’t remember the last fatality due to turbulence,” said Robert Sumwalt, a former NTSB chair and executive director of the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.