Married doctors expecting second child die in horrific plane crash

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A couple who were expecting their second child have died in a horrific plane crash while on the way to a long weekend holiday.

Married doctors Courtney Haviland, 33, and William Shrauner, 32, were killed when the Cessna Citation 560X they were on-board crashed in Farmington, in the US state of Connecticut, on Thursday morning (local time).

Dr Haviland hailed from Farmington, which is located in central Connecticut about 16 kilometres southwest of Hartford, CBS Boston reported.

Courtney Haviland pictured with William Shrauner. The doctors died in a Connecticut plane crash.
Courtney Haviland, 33, and her husband, William Shrauner, 32, died in a plane crash in Connecticut. Source: Facebook
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Two pilots – 55-year-old William O’Leary, from Bristol, and 57-year-old Mark Morrow, from Danbury – also died in the tragedy, Farmington police Lieutenant Tim McKenzie said.

The couple leave behind their one-year-old son, Teddy, and Dr Haviland was pregnant with a daughter, local media reported.

Teddy is now being cared for by his grandparents.

The couple's plane took off just before 10am on Thursday headed to Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, North Carolina, the Federal Aviation Administration said. 

Lt McKenzie said there appeared to be some type of mechanical failure during takeoff.

The jet contacted the ground a short distance from the runway and crashed into a building at Trumpf Inc.

The impact set off chemical fires inside the building. Two employees suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The plane crash scene in Farmington, Connecticut. Two doctors died in the tragedy.
The scene of the plane crash in Farmington, Connecticut. Source: CBS Boston

Brother pays tribute to 'really special' couple

Dr Shrauner's brother Ben paid tribute to his "little brother" and Dr Haviland on Facebook.

"It doesn’t seem real that I am actually typing this," Ben wrote.

"Their son Teddy was not traveling with them, and is safe.

"I have always joked that Will was the best mix of all my siblings.

"Courtney was a perfect match for him. Smart, beautiful, witty, charismatic, and always fun to be around. Two really special people that are gone way too soon.

"Will & Courtney, I love you."

Dr Haviland was a fellow at Brown Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, working at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

Dr Shrauner was a cardiology fellow at Boston Medical Center. Both attended Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our cardiology fellows, Dr. Will Shrauner, and his wife, Dr. Courtney Haviland," Boston Medical Center said in a statement on Friday. 

"Will... was well known as an outstanding educator, physician, colleague and friend to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with Will and Courtney’s family and loved ones."

Meanwhile MassGeneral Hospital For Children said Dr Haviland "was universally loved by her colleagues and patients and lived a life full of meaning". 

"Her bright smile and twinkle in her eye left an indelible mark on all who met her," the hospital's statement read, according to CBS Boston.

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