Cessna Carrying Trump Donor’s Family Performed Mysterious U-Turn To DC Before Crashing

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The private Cessna that made a mysterious U-turn towards Washington DC yesterday after losing cabin pressure caused everyone on board to lose consciousness and startling Pentagon officials and two F-16 jets to scramble was probably flying on autopilot.

Aboard was the daughter Adina Azarian and 2-year-old granddaughter, Aria, of a prominent Trump donor, a nanny, and yet to be named pilot. The jet left Elizabethton Airport in Tennessee at 1:13 p.m. on Sunday with a planned landing at MacArthur Airport in Islip, Long Island. Instead, the plane flew over MacArthur but turned around and flew back south at 2:45 p.m., alerting authorities in Washington, DC.

Two F-16 fighter jets from Joint Base Andrews sped to its side to investigate after no one on board responded to calls from the ground.

They flew so quickly that parts of Virginia and Washington, DC, heard a sonic boom.

The Cessna pilot was reportedly found slumped over in the cockpit by the F-16 pilots after they were in the air. Within seconds, the Cessna crashed, hurtling into St Mary’s Wilderness, about 175 miles southwest of Washington, DC, at a terrifying 28,000 feet per minute.

While the cause of the disaster is still being looked into, aviation experts told DailyMail.com that it was probably due to a cabin pressure collapse, which led to everyone on board, including the pilot, passing out for lack of oxygen.

Instead of landing when the jet got close to Long Island, it turned around and headed south.

Former FAA Safety Team Representative Kyle Bailey told DailyMail.com that the pilot’s route-planning was probably to blame.

‘What appears to have happened as the plane was flying to Islip, it’ was very high.

‘They very well might have been incapacitated [by then]. The pilot has waypoints in the program, it’s similar to a GPS system. So the autopilot might have been flying him to Islip, then the next point could have very well have been the airport they departed from.

‘It could have been towards DC or somewhere down south. It looks like it was affixed in that direction.

‘In that scenario, it’s likely the plane was flying itself.’

‘It’s most likely a loss of cabin pressure or the pilot became incapacitated. He could have had a heart attack or something like that but judging by the fact there weren’t any emergency calls made from the passengers that we know of, I’m leaning more towards loss of cabin pressure.

‘It typically happens in older planes,’ Kyle Bailey, a former FAA Safety Team Representative, told DailyMail.com.

The Cessna involved was a Cessna Citation V 560 constructed in 1990. Adina’s adoptive parents, John and Barbara Rumpel, who also acknowledged her daughter’s passing, owned the business.

In aviation parlance, a plane built that long ago would be regarded as old, according to Bailey.

‘It wouldn’t have the latest and greatest technology, the planes really evolved around the year 2000 that’s when the technology really went crazy,’ Bailey said.

A “complicated” network of pressure relief valves on such aircraft could have malfunctioned, which might have come on quickly or gradually.

‘When you’re up there it could be seconds, but if it’s very slow, it could manifest as slowly like making you tired then eventually you just pass out.

‘It’s interesting, it probably happened fairly quickly because the pilot, if he was feeling ill or even slightly ill, he’d likely want to land at a closer airport.’

By the time the F-16s were scrambled, the plane was likely running out of fuel, he said.

‘The timing actually works out perfectly. The crash was about an hour after it flew over Islip and there’s around a 45 minute fuel reserve, so that works perfectly with the theory that it ran out of fuel.

‘It just by chance it ran out of fuel just as it penetrated [the DC] zone.’

At 3.20pm, the F-16 jets were in the air.

At 3.22pm, the Cessna crashed into St Mary’s Wilderness in the Shenandoah Valley.

The impact was so violent that it left a ‘crater’ in the ground.

‘That rate of descent, 2800ft-a-minute, that is everyone’s worst nightmare,’ Bailey said.

‘But they likely wouldn’t have been conscious so it wouldn’t have been painful for anyone.

The other passengers may simply have not been aware of how to raise the alarm, he continued, and it was too soon to rule out the possibility that the pilot may have become incapacitated alone.


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