Local Couple Killed in Plane Crash

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Live Oak, FL - Dana Brindle is the facilities manager at the Suwannee County Airport. He knew the Derochers for years.

"She was a good lady; really good lady," said Brindle. "Don was a good guy and he really looked after her quite a bit."

Don was a member of the local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 797 where fellow pilots met.

"On the pancake breakfast [Don] would be the one that would cook up the eggs and flip the jacks."

Friends say the couple were inseparable and Don spent a lot of his time volunteering at the EAA. He even helped construct the flag pole at the area chapter.

"He's been right in there he'd pick up a hammer a paint brush whatever had to be done he was right there for them."

It could be months before the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board figure out what went wrong on the couple's last flight.

The following is a link to the EAA Chapter 797 website


CANTON, Conn. -- November 20, 2012

A husband and wife from Florida have been killed in a small plane crash in a wooded area in Connecticut.

The couple was found dead inside the single-engine aircraft in Canton on Monday night.

Canton police said the victims were 73-year-old Donald Derocher and 74-year-old Josephine Derocher. Police Chief Christopher Arciero said they were living in Live Oak, Fla., but were flying to Connecticut to visit family.

Arciero said Federal Aviation Administration investigators are on the scene and a team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected later Tuesday.

A state police helicopter located the wreck on a ridge after the FAA notified Simsbury Airport that the plane, which was tracked by Bradley International Airport, had dropped from the radar.

The plane was registered to Donald Derocher.

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