A former White House official who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations was killed after reportedly suffering injuries during a bizarre incidence of air turbulence while onboard a private jet.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating a reported trim issue, which refers to changes made to an airplane’s control surfaces to ensure stability and level flying.
The jet was experiencing extreme turbulence, according to the agency, late Friday afternoon.
Dana Hyde, 55, was returning to Maryland after touring schools in New England with her husband, Jonathan Chambers, and one of her sons.
Hyde grew raised in rural eastern Oregon before becoming an attorney and a member of the 9/11 Commission, which investigated the World Trade Center terrorist assault.
During Clinton’s presidency, she worked as a special assistant, and subsequently as a senior advisor in the US State Department during Obama’s presidency.
She later rose through the ranks to become an assistant director in the White House Office of Management and Budget.
She was most recently co-chairperson of the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy in 2020 and 2021.
Her body is being held at the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner while the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board investigate what happened aboard the Bombardier executive jet that was flying from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia, before making an unexpected stop in Bradley.
According to a Federal Aviation Administration database, five individuals were aboard the private plane owned by Conexon, a corporation located in Kansas City, Missouri.
The incidence of deaths from air turbulence is extremely rare making Hyde’s death a bizarre statistical anomaly.