Former Obama counsel Dana Hyde, 55, dead after tragic aircraft incident

 March 25, 2023

An Obama-era official who also worked in the Clinton administration tragically died after an unusual incident aboard an aircraft. 

According to Fox Business, Dana Hyde, 55, described as a "prominent attorney" who also served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission, succumbed to injuries sustained during an incident in which the plane she was on suddenly pitched upward.

Initial reports of her tragic death concluded that the plane experienced severe turbulence due to poor weather conditions. After further investigation, that was ruled out, as a number of errors occurred that made the aircraft make the sudden, deadly maneuver.

The nose of the aircraft, a Bombardier Challenger 300, reportedly pitched upward several times the force of gravity before it was finally brought under control.

Fox Business noted:

The pilots aborted the initial takeoff because a plastic cover was not removed from a pitot tube, which determines airspeed, and they took off with a rudder limiter fault alert on.

The outlet added:

Another warning indicated autopilot stabilizer trim failure. The plane abruptly pitched upward as the pilots moved the stabilizer trim switch from primary to off while working through procedures on a checklist, the report said.

It was unclear after the latest report whether or not Hyde was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident or if she was up and about in the private aircraft.

The aircraft was en route from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia, before the incident forced it to diver to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.

As soon as the switch position was moved, the airplane abruptly pitched up," the NTSB report said. "The [pilot] reported that his left hand was on the flight controls and his right hand was guarding the right side of the flight controls. He immediately with both hands regained control of the airplane in what he estimated to be a few seconds after the airplane’s pitch oscillated up and down."

"Flight problems, not turbulence, found in death of former White House official The flight was marked by a series of missteps, alerts and system issues before the plane lurched violently in the sky, killing Dana Hyde, the NTSB said," one Twitter user wrote.

The manufacturer of the aircraft released a statement regarding the fatal incident.

"Bombardier is deeply saddened by this tragic event," the company said in a statement to FOX Business. "We extend our sincerest sympathies to all those affected by this accident."

According to NBC News, "The FAA issued its directive about Bombardier Challenger 300 jets last year after multiple instances in which the horizontal stabilizer on the aircrafts caused the nose of the plane to turn down after the pilot tried to make the aircraft climb."

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