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4 bodies pulled from wreckage of Conn. plane crash

Four bodies have been pulled from the site where a plane crashed into two Connecticut homes, fire officials said Saturday.
 
Anthony Moscato of the East Haven Fire Department said the bodies of two people from the plane and two people in one of the homes were recovered overnight. The deputy chief says authorities now believe those were the only victims. Earlier officials had warned that as many as six people were feared dead.
 
The small, twin-engine plane slammed into two homes near New Haven while attempting to land Friday morning.
 
A family member identified two of the dead as former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard and his teenage son, Maxwell, who were on the plane traveling to the East Coast to visit colleges.
 
The family learned it was Bill Henningsgaard's plane through the tail number, Blair Henningsgaard, the city attorney in Astoria, Ore., and brother of Bill Henningsgaard told the Associated Press.
 
Authorities previously said that two children in one of the homes hit were missing. They were ages 1 and 13. The Hartford Courant reported Saturday that officials confirmed the two children were among the dead.
 
The other home was empty at the time of the plane crash, East Haven Fire Chief Douglas F. Jackson told the Courant.
 
Bill Henningsgaard worked for Microsoft for 14 years and had been a vice president of sales for the Western United States, Australia and New Zealand. He lived in Medina, Wash., a Seattle suburb, with his wife, Susan Sullivan, and their three children.
 
It wasn't the first time Henningsgaard had been in a plane crash. In April 2009, he and his 84-year-old mother — who couldn't swim — survived a crash into the Columbia River after their plane's engine died. They were rescued by a bar pilot who had watched the crash from shore.

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