Rockefeller Plane Crash Caused No Structural Damage, Stable Manager Says

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Stratford Stables was the scene of the plane crash that took the life of Dr. Richard Rockefeller.
Stratford Stables was the scene of the plane crash that took the life of Dr. Richard Rockefeller. Photo Credit: Facebook: Stratford Stables

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- For the largely unscathed residents of 120 Cottage Ave. in Purchase, Friday's plane crash could have been much worse.

The entrance to Cottage Avenue remained closed on Saturday morning as the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration continue to investigate the deadly plane crash on Friday morning that killed famed billionaire John D. Rockefeller's great-grandson, Dr. Richard Rockefeller.

The plane crashed into trees on the property, which is registered to Stratford Stables, narrowly missing an occupied home.

South Horse Stables, run by Jorge "George" Ventricelli of Greenwich, Conn., shares the property with private owners.

According to Ventricelli, the plane landed in a small garden. 

"Everybody is OK," Ventricelli said. "There's no structural damage. The plane crashed right behind the owners' house."

Ventricelli wasn't there at the time of the accident, and has not been able to return to the property since.

At the nearby Purchase Country Market, manager Nasreem Asif of Purchase said she wasn't in town at the time of the accident, but was upset by the news.

"It's a real tragedy," she said. "I'm very sad to hear about it."

As of Saturday, arrangements have not been made for Rockefeller's wake and funeral.

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