Georgia Teacher Dies in Hamptons Plane Crash off of Long Island, New York
THOMSON, GA. - October 16, 2018 (wsbtv.com) A teacher from Georgia tragically died October 13 in a plane crash off of Long Island, New York, according to an online news story from wsbtv.com.*
McDuffie County School Superintendent Mychele Rhodes said Jennifer Landrum was a high school special education teacher in Thomson, Georgia. She was one of several people on board a Piper PA-34 flying from Connecticut to Charleston, South Carolina. The plane crashed in about 20 feet of water in the area of Quogue, New York, which is part of the Hamptons.
The owner of the plane, flight instructor Munidat “Raj” Persaud, 41, of Waterbury, Connecticut, was also killed in the crash. Divers who responded to the site also recovered the body of a third person. Another news report identifies the man as 53-year-old Richard Terbrusch, of Connecticut. Landrum’s family said Terbrusch was Landrum’s boyfriend. The family said Landrum, a mother of two, had traveled to New York on a school break with her boyfriend and was returning home to Georgia.
“She was beautiful,” said Landrum’s mother, Carol Landrum. “She was just a wonderful person and a wonderful mother. It’s hard to comprehend. You just don’t expect your children to pass on before you.”
The family plans to have a public service (on a date to be announced) because Landrum touched so many lives in the community. They know many people will want to pay their respects.
It is not clear how the crash occurred. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash and have not yet released additional information.
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