Here’s Who Died In The Plane Crash That’s Connected To F-16 Incident Over DC
By John Dover
No survivors were found at the crash site of a plane whose pilot was unresponsive as it flew near the Washington, DC, area Sunday, prompting military fighter jets to attempt to intercept the aircraft before it ultimately crashed, authorities say.
First responders reached the site Sunday evening, about four hours after state and local authorities launched a ground and air search for the crashed aircraft, Virginia State Police said.
State police said they have suspended their search and will identify the plane’s passengers when the information becomes available.
NORAD scrambled F-16 fighter jets from Joint Base Andrews Sunday afternoon just before 3:10 p.m. to protect DC airspace after the pilot changed direction and attempted to enter the no-fly zone around the nation’s capital. The U.S. Capitol was briefly placed on alert during this time.
The launch of the jets created a sonic boom that was caught on camera by local residents.
The plane belonged to John and Barbara Rumpel, both prominent conservatives in Florida. Barbara Rumpel is president and owner of Encore Motors of Melbourne and was recently elected to the NRA Board of Directors. She has served in leadership of the rifle association for several decades.
The plane that crashed was registered to Encore Motors of Melbourne Inc. John Rumpel, who runs the company, told The New York Times that his daughter, 2-year-old granddaughter, her nanny and the pilot were aboard the plane. They were returning to their home in East Hampton, on Long Island, after visiting his house in North Carolina, he said. A woman who identified herself as Barbara Rumpel, who is listed as the president of the company in Melbourne, Florida, said she had no comment Sunday when reached by The Associated Press.
The daughter’s name was reportedly Adina Azarian and the granddaughter’s name was Aria. Adina was known as the “Queen of Real Estate” in the Hamptons.