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NTSB to Examine Wreck of Plane That Carried Greenhill Executives

January 03, 2012

Dec. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board next week will examine the wreckage of the plane that crashed in New Jersey, killing five people including two executives of Greenhill & Co.

The evaluation of the Socata TBM 700 turboprop in Delaware will also involve officials from Canada and France, said Ralph Hicks, an NTSB investigator, in an e-mail.

Jeffrey F. Buckalew and Rakesh Chawla, Greenhill managing directors, and Buckalew’s wife Corinne and their two children died Dec. 20 aboard the single-engine plane that crashed on Interstate 287 in Harding, New Jersey. The plane was owned by Buckalew, according to a statement from advisory firm Greenhill.

The pilot, who had reported to air-traffic control that ice was forming, stated he had 1,400 hours of flying experience on his medical certificate application dated July and filed with the FAA, Hicks said. The pilot had no limitations on his medical certificate, he said.

The aircraft had its last annual inspection in July and the flight time on the plane was about 725 hours as of November, Hicks said.

The plane, which seated six people, took off from Teterboro, New Jersey, at 9:50 a.m. and crashed about 14 minutes later, said Robert Gretz, an NTSB investigator. The aircraft was en route to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport near Atlanta, according to

--With assistance from David Voreacos in Newark, New Jersey. Editors: Mitchell Martin, Sylvia Wier

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