Long Island Couple Killed in Plane Crash in Boston Suburb
WOBURN, MASSACHUSETTS — September 17, 2018
Massachusetts authorities have confirmed that the two-people killed in a small plane crash in the suburbs of Boston were a husband and wife from Long Island.
According to the District Attorney report, the victims were identified as 65-year-old Dr. Michael Graver and 52-year-old Jodi Cohe of Manhasset.
The single engine plane crashed around 11 a.m. Saturday in a residential neighborhood in Woburn, near Boston. Graver was a "very experienced pilot" who co-owned the plane, officials said.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan added the couple departed from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York, at around 9:30 a.m. and had been heading to Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts.
The airport is about four miles from the crash site.
Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin says that the plane fortunately didn't hit any homes or injure anyone else on the ground.
The National Transportation Safety Board and other agencies are investigating.
Graver was a cardiothoracic surgeon at North Shore University Hospital.
He "was an outstanding surgeon and a great guy," said Dr. Alan Hartman, senior vice president of cardiothoracic services at Northwell Health, which oversees the hospital.
Hartman told the Boston Globe that Graver often took colleagues on flying trips to other states.
"It was not so much where they were going but the fun in getting there," he said.
He added that the couple had gone to Massachusetts to visit their son, who was there for a conference.
While it is unclear what actually caused the crash, and what prevented the plane from flying just a few kilometers to the airport, it is likely that the pilot was unable to cope with the bad weather conditions that day.