Virginia Family Killed in New Jersey Plane Crash

5 die when small plane crashes on major NJ highway

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    Jeffrey F. Buckalew, top inset right, and Rakesh Chawla, bottom inset right, were among the five victims in the small plane crash on a New Jersey highway. Both were investment bankers at the Manhattan-based firm Greenhill & Co.

    A family of four that kept homes in Manhattan and Virginia died in a small plane crash in New Jersey Tuesday.

    The children attended St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville.

    “We are deeply saddened to share the news of the tragic deaths of Meriwether, Jackson, Corinne, and Jeffrey Buckalew, who passed away this morning when the small plane they were aboard crashed near Morristown Airport in New Jersey,” read a statement from Head of School David Lourie. “Meriwether was a first grade student, and her brother Jackson was a fifth grader.”

    A fifth person also died in the crash.

    Investigators collecting the wreckage of the crash on Interstate 287 in Harding suspended their search after dark. It will resume after rush hour Wednesday morning.

    The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane departed Teterboro Airport for DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Atlanta when there was a garbled transmission and it disappeared from radar.