A version of this article appears in the June 30 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. For general aviation, one eight-day span in June began tragically, got even worse, but ultimately ended with high-fives. Moments after departing New York’s Westchester County Airport on the morning of June 13, the Piper Meridian suddenly descended to the right, smashed through several trees, and slammed into the ground. The pilot, the sole person aboard, was dead. While every fatal ...


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