Fredrika Ballard Death – Three people died following a deadly plane accident in a remote, wooded area in western Massachusetts over the weekend. The victims were identified as Fredrika Ballard, 53, of Southwick, Massachusetts, Chad Davidson, 29, of Woodstock, Connecticut and William Hampton, 68, of Indian Orchard, Massachusetts.
According to reports, Fredrika, Chad, and William passed away from injuries sustained in the plane crash. Emergency responders, prompted by distress calls from dog walkers, rushed to a reported plane crash in a small clearing within the Leyden Wildlife Management Area on Sunday around 12:30 p.m.
William Hampton Death
Massachusetts State Police confirmed the discovery of the wreckage, identifying it as a Beechcraft 55 Baron Twin-Piston plane owned by the Fly Lugu Flight School. Detectives from the Northwest District Attorney’s Office, part of the state police, established that the ill-fated flight had taken off from Barnes Airport in Westfield at approximately 11:06 a.m. on Sunday.
In response to the incident, inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) specializing in aviation safety also made their way to the crash site. Furthermore, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator is anticipated to arrive on Monday to conduct a thorough examination.
Chad Davidson Death
Ballard was the owner of the Fly Lugu Flight School, Hampton was a flight instructor for Fly Lugu, and Davidson was a student pilot, state police said.
Emphasizing the need for security, a trooper from the Shelburne Falls Barracks remained present at the crash site throughout the night. The investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the crash is ongoing.
The family will release an obituary and funeral arrangements for Fredrika Ballard.
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