Courtney Haviland, 33, and her husband, William Shrauner, 31, were killed Thursday morning in a horrific Connecticut plane crash. According to reports, Haviland and Shrauner were two of four people who died in the tragic accident.
Haviland and Shrauner had a 1-year-old son, Teddy, though he was not aboard the plane when it crashed. Relatives said that Courtney Haviland was pregnant with a baby girl, though it wasn’t clear when she was due. A spokesperson for the family, Matthew Mitchell, said “they were an amazing couple, amazing parents.”
He explained that “they had a little baby on the way,” and that “they loved life, they loved each other. They met in medical school. They loved being cardiologists and they wanted to see people live to the best of their abilities.”
The Farmington Police Department reported that the two pilots, William O’Leary, 55, and Mark Morrow, 57, and the married couple were aboard the Cessna Citation 560X business jet when it crashed into a building in Farmington. There were no survivors.
Courtney Haviland was a pediatrician at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Mass. and was a member physician at Mass General Brigham. Her husband, William Shrauner, practiced internal medicine at Brigham, reports claimed.
The plane was on its way to Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, NC when it suffered mechanical failure during takeoff. The jet then slammed into a building at Trumpf inc. at around 10:00 a.m. before bursting into flames. The plane crash set off chemical fires inside the building, injuring two employees, the company reported.
Investigators with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are still trying to determine what happened to cause the mechanical failure. It was reported that the investigation will last through the weekend.
“I think we are all reminded that each and every day is a gift, it’s a blessing,” Dr. Mitchell said. “We are not promised tomorrow, no matter how old we might be, and we want to live life to the fullest and to the best of our potential.”
He told reporters that Haviland and Shrauner’s 1-year-old son is living with his grandparents in Connecticut while the family sorts everything out.
The Boston Medical Center, where Shrauner worked, released a statement saying that it was “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our cardiology fellows, Dr. Will Shrauner, and his wife, Dr. Courtney Haviland.” It said that “Will, a second-year fellow at Boston Medical Center, 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.”
Courtney Haviland’s place of work, MassGeneral Hospital For Children, released its own statement, saying that “she 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.”
Joel Katz, MD, the director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s, said that both Haviland and Shrauner were “bright lights, devoted physicians, and dear friends.”
According to Shrauner’s brother Ben Shrauner, the doctor was “the best mix of all” of his siblings. Ben also claimed that “Courtney was a perfect match for him.” She was “smart, beautiful, witty, charismatic, and always fun to be around. Two really special people that are gone way too soon.”
He wrote on Facebook that “It doesn’t seem real that I am actually typing this…yesterday morning my little brother Will and his wife, Courtney, died in a plane crash. Their son Teddy was not traveling with them, and is safe.” He Asked that his friends “keep the Shrauners, Havilands, and [the] families of the two pilots in your thoughts.”