John Rumpel, a prominent businessman from Florida and a well-known supporter of the MAGA movement, has revealed that his family was tragically involved in the plane crash that resulted in the sonic boom over Washington D.C.
The incident occurred when the aircraft trespassed into restricted airspace last Sunday. Unfortunately, investigators have confirmed that there were no survivors found in the aftermath of the crash of their Cessna Citation plane in Virginia. The pilot reportedly lost consciousness, leading to the fatal accident.
The Cessna involved in the crash was registered to Encore Motors of Melbourne, Florida, which is owned by John and Barbara Rumpel. According to John Rumpel’s statement to The Washington Post, his family, including his daughter, grandchild, and a nanny, were onboard the ill-fated flight. The cause of the crash remains unknown, and Rumpel mentioned that he is in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for further information.
🚨#WATCH: As a dc resident captured the Sonic boom on a home security camera
Earlier this evening, incredible video was captured on a home security camera showing a loud sonic boom which was caused by fighter jets that quickly took off to intercept an… pic.twitter.com/NYyRpcQPoy
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) June 4, 2023
The Cessna Citation plane had a maximum capacity of 12 passengers, but only four individuals were reportedly onboard at the time of the crash. It is worth noting that the Rumpels have been generous donors to Former President Donald Trump, with contributions amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In 2020, they donated $250,000 to the Trump Victory PAC, and Barbara Rumpel has also supported various Republican candidates, including Herschel Walker, through her donations.
A Cessna is a brand of small general aviation aircraft. Cessna Aircraft Company is one of the leading manufacturers of light aircraft in the world that produces a wide range of airplanes, including single-engine piston aircraft, business jets, and turboprops. Cessna airplanes are known for their reliability, versatility, and widespread use in private and commercial aviation. They are commonly used for personal transportation, flight training, aerial photography, and various other purposes.
So Chinese spy balloons are totally cool but the Cessna that was registered to John Rumpel of Encore Motors from Melbourne, Florida containing his daughter, grandchild, and a nanny needed to be forced to crash to kill them all.
— Kev (@I98Kev) June 5, 2023
The incident triggered a response from Joint Base Andrews, which dispatched fighter jets to intercept the private plane over Virginia. As a result, a sonic boom resonated across the area. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) officials confirmed that F-16 jets were scrambled to engage with the Cessna, but the pilot remained unresponsive.
The Cessna eventually crashed near the George Washington National Forest after being intercepted at approximately 3:20 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the plane had shown no response to air traffic control communications prior to the crash.
Residents in the District, Maryland, and Virginia were startled by the loud, explosive sound of the sonic boom, which occurred around 3:10 p.m. Authorities were initially uncertain about the source of the noise until the crash site was discovered.
First responders arrived at the scene shortly before 8 p.m., but tragically, no survivors were found. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, with the NTSB and FAA working to determine the cause of the accident.