3 family members killed after small plane crashes in Montgomery County

 

Authorities have released the names of the three people killed after a small plane crash in Montgomery County early Thursday morning.

Jasvir Khurana, 60, Divya Khurana, 54, and Kiran Khurana, 19, all died immediately from impact after a small plane crashed in the backyard of a Montgomery County home.

Jasvir and Divya, who were husband and wife, were doctors.

Airplane crash victims were family. Jasbir Khurana,60, his wife Divya, 54, and their 19-year-old daughter Kiran. @69News All died immediately from impact pic.twitter.com/E2UK7THcKJ

— Jamie Stover (@JamieStoverNews) August 8, 2019 The Montgomery County Coroner's office ruled the manner of death an accident.

Agustin Legido, Chief of Pediatric Neurology at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, commented on the deaths:

The St. Christopher's Hospital for Children family was saddened to learn that Dr. Divya Subramanian-Khurana, along with her husband and young daughter, were victims of this morning's plane crash in Upper Moreland Township. Dr. Khurana was a member of St. Christopher's staff for over two decades, specializing in Pediatric Neurology. She was a Full Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine and a nationally recognized leader in Epilepsy and Mitochondrial Disorders. She was loved by her patients and students alike. Her sudden passing has left a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. The entire team of St. Christopher's offers their deepest sympathies to her family and friends at this very sad time. Her passing is truly a loss for the entire community.

Jasvir was a faculty member at Temple.

"Dr. Khurana has been a valued faculty member in the Department of Pathology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University since 2002. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones," a Temple spokesperson said.

The single-engine plane went down about 6:20 a.m. Thursday in Upper Moreland Township, shortly after taking off from Northeast Philadelphia Airport. Authorities said the plane was bound for an airport in Columbus, Ohio, although that was not the final destination.

It was initially believed the pilot reported a problem shortly after takeoff, but the Federal Aviation Administration officials have reviewed audio recordings and no distress call was placed, according to township police.

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation.

Emergency personnel arrived to find a downed Beechcraft Bonanza and a "large debris field." Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy said investigators have found debris in at least four backyards.

Murphy said the plane hit several trees before it finally came to rest. He said everyone aboard the plane was killed.

Investigators expect to remain on scene for a few more days.