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East Hampton Woman and Toddler Daughter Killed in Virginia Plane Crash

Mon, 06/05/2023 - 13:56
The Cessna crashed in a remote area near the George Washington National Forest in Virginia.

Adina Azarian, an East Hampton real estate broker, and her 2-year-old daughter, Aria, were among those killed when the private plane in which they were returning to Long Island on Sunday crashed in Virginia. The pilot and a nanny were apparently also killed in the crash. 

The New York Times reported on Monday that John Rumpel, Ms. Azarian's adoptive father, confirmed that his daughter, a 2-year-old granddaughter, her nanny, and the pilot were aboard the flight, on which they were returning to East Hampton after visiting him for four days in North Carolina. Mr. Rumpel runs Encore Motors, a Melbourne, Fla., company that owned the Cessna aircraft. 

The aircraft, a Cessna 560 Citation V, had taken off in Elizabethton, Tenn., The Times reported, and was due to land at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. Reuters reported on Monday that according to FlightAware, a company that provides real-time flight tracking data, the plane apparently reached the New York area before making a nearly 180-degree turn. 

CNN reported that no survivors were found at the crash site near the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. The plane had previously raised alarm after it veered into restricted airspace over Washington, D.C. The Federal Aviation Administration called the pilot but received no response, according to The Times. Two F-16 fighter jets were then deployed to intercept the aircraft, but it was determined that the plane did not pose a threat. The jets, which can fly at supersonic speeds, caused a sonic boom across the Washington area.  

The plane was not required to have a "black box," a flight data recorder, CNN reported on Monday. 

It was not known on Monday why the pilot did not respond to the F.A.A. during the flight, but Mr. Rumpel speculated to The Times that the aircraft may have lost pressurization, causing all occupants to lose consciousness. 

Ms. Azarian was a broker with Keller Williams Realty, an Austin, Tex., firm, since 2020, according to her LinkedIn page. "I am a Hamptons luxury real estate broker serving the East End of Long Island," she wrote on the page. She was president of Adina Equities in New York City, which she founded in 2010, and was previously a broker for Corcoran on the South Fork. 

"Adina Azarian is a successful entrepreneur who transitioned from a highly successful 20+ year real estate career in Manhattan -- which included owning her own boutique firm -- to selling Hamptons luxury real estate as an associate broker for Keller Williams," according to Ms. Azarian's website. "She covers the whole South Fork of Long Island from Hampton Bays to Montauk, working with both buyers and sellers. . . . Adina has a genuine caring nature, and her clients love to work with her." The site goes on to say that she "makes her home base in East Hampton year-round" with her daughter.


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