Brown confirmed as victim
The Hartford Courant confirms this morning that developer David I. Brown was one of the two men who died in yesterday's crash of a single-engine airplane in a field adjacent to Bundoran Farm in the North Garden area of Albemarle County.
Brown was a principal of Qroe Farm Preservation Development, the firm planning to build houses on part of 2,300-acre Bundoran which it purchased in January. Albemarle County spokesperson Lee Catlin has noted that rain and fog were present at the time of the 11:27am crash in a cow pasture, which lies four tenths of a mile east of the grass landing strip at Bundoran.
Witnesses could see that debris was confined to the crash zone, indicating a precipitous plummet, and an FAA spokesperson told the Hook yesterday that the preliminary report indicates that the plane struck overhead wires.
The Courant notes that the plane originated from Nashua, New Hampshire. With permission from a controller in Warrenton, the Courant notes, the plane was attempting to make a visual approach to the Bundoran runway and circled at an altitude of 4,000 feet.
West Hartford is an upscale town of about 65,000 near the state capital, and besides his development work Brown served as a volunteer member of West Hartford's Plan and Zoning Commission. The Courant quotes West Hartford officials who describe Brown, 55, as shy, hard-working, and "a really good citizen."
An 1995 release from Bundoran's seller, longtime resident Fred W. Scott, lauds Brown and another Qroe official for their "hard-earned, outstanding reputation" and "proven track record of land stewardship."
There was no indication of the identity of the other man aboard the 1996 single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza.
Noon update: The Associated Press is reporting the identity of the other man killed in the crash: Qroe founder and president, Robert H. Baldwin.