Pennsylvania

Small Plane Was Low With Wings Tipping Before Crash That Killed 2 Doctors and Daughter, Witnesses Say

Dr. Jasvir "Jesse" Khurana, 60, his wife, Dr. Divya Khurana, 54, and their daughter, Kiran Khurana, 19, were all killed in the crash

What to Know

  • A Temple University professor, his wife and teen daughter were killed in a small plane crash in Upper Moreland Twp., Montgomery County.
  • The victims were identified as Dr. Jasvir "Jesse" Khurana, 60, his wife, Dr. Divya Khurana, 54, and their daughter, Kiran Khurana, 19.
  • A preliminary report on the crash was released by the NTSB on Thursday.

Witnesses told investigators that a small plane was flying low, its wings were tipping and the engine was very loud before it crashed into the backyard of a suburban Philadelphia home earlier this month.

All three on board — 60-year-old Dr. Jasvir "Jesse" Khurana, his wife, 54-year-old Dr. Divya Khurana, and their 19-year-old daughter Kiran — were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report Thursday on the Aug. 8 crash near Hatboro, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia.

The report says the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The pilot’s flight plan detailed a refueling stop in Columbus, Ohio, with a final destination of St. Louis, Missouri.

The report says shortly after takeoff the pilot was instructed to call the control tower and he did so. There were no other transmissions.

Dr. Jasvir Khurana was a doctor at Temple University while Dr. Divya Khurana was a doctor at Drexel University. The family lived in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.

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L to R, Kiran Khurana, 19, Divya Khurana, 54, Dr. Jasvir "Jesse" Khurana, 60. See full-sized image here.
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