Aug 13, 2013
07:53 AMThe Connecticut Story
East Haven Resident Vows to Rebuild House Hit in Plane Crash
Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register
The site of a plane crash in East Haven, Charter Oak Ave. Movers load belongings from 68 Charter Oak before the house is to be demolished.
An East Haven resident who returned from work Friday to discover an airplane had crashed into his house spent Monday afternoon packing salvageable belongings in anticipation of the house’s impending demolition.
Daniel Zurlo, 36, said he spent Friday night with family. His insurance company has since provided him with a hotel room, and he added he’s now working on finding another property to rent while his 68 Charter Oak Ave. house is being rebuilt.
“I can’t run from this,” Zurlo said about his decision to remain in the Charter Oak Avenue neighborhood, a community near the New Haven border.
Zurlo knows the overhead drone of aircraft leaving and approaching nearby Tweed New Haven Regional Airport will continue. He doesn’t know whether the home next door at 64 Charter Oak Ave., a house almost identical to his that was also hit by the plane and erupted in flames, will be rebuilt.
“It’s always going to bother me when I look over and see that house,” Zurlo said.
Days after Friday’s horrific accident claimed the lives of 13-year-old Sade Brantley, 1-year-old Madisyn Mitchell and 54-year-old pilot William Henningsgaard and his 17-year-old son Maxwell, officials cannot pinpoint when the two homes will be demolished.
Sade and Madisyn were inside 64 Charter Oak. Ave. on Friday when Henningsgaard’s Rockwell International Turbo Commander 690B slammed into the rear of both homes around 11:25 a.m.
The girls’ mother was also home at the time, but was in another area of the house and managed to escape.
Zurlo, an avid cyclist, said he managed to salvage his road and mountain bicycles, but added that his thoughts are with the next-door neighbors he barely knew. The family moved into 64 Charter Oak Ave. over the winter, he said