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Prominent DC lawyer Dana Hyde identified as victim of business jet that hit severe turbulence


The woman who died after the business jet she was on board experienced severe turbulence as it flew over New England was identified on Monday as a prominent Beltway attorney who once served on the 9/11 Commission September who investigated the terrorist attacks of September 11.

Dana J. Hyde’s name was released by the Connecticut State Troopers, one of the agencies investigating Friday’s emergency landing at Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford.

Hyde, who was 55 and lived outside of Washington DC in Cabin John, Maryland, was rushed by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center, in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was pronounced dead, the report said. ‘agency.

His remains lie in the Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner’s office while the FBI and NTSB investigate what happened aboard the Bombardier business jet which was traveling from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia. , before suddenly turning to Bradley.

Five people were on board the private jet owned by Conexon, a Kansas City, Missouri-based company, according to a Federal Aviation Administration database.

“We can confirm that the aircraft belonged to Conexon and that Dana Hyde was the wife of Conexon partner Jonathan Chambers,” company spokeswoman Abby Carere said in an email. “Jonathan and his son were also on the flight and were not injured in the incident.”

Conexon specializes in extending high-speed Internet service to rural communities.

NTSB investigators were interviewing the two surviving crew members and two passengers to see, among other things, whether they were wearing seat belts when the plane was hit by turbulence, the Associated Press reported. The jet’s cockpit voice and data recorders were sent to NTSB headquarters for analysis.

Hyde is identified on her LinkedIn page as co-chair of the Partnership for an Inclusive Economy at the Aspen Institute.

Jon Purves, a spokesperson for the organization, said Hyde was a part-time consultant and, in that role, served as co-chair of the FIPA from 2020 to 2021.

“During her time with us, Dana was a brilliant and generous colleague who worked closely with programs across the organization to build partnerships and enhance our collective work,” Purves said. “The thoughts of the entire Aspen Institute community are with Dana’s family and loved ones.”

Prior to that, Hyde served in the Obama and Clinton administrations and was also in private practice, according to his biography. She also served on the 9/11 Commission from 2002 to 2004.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.