Prominent DC lawyer Dana Hyde identified as victim of business jet that hit severe turbulence

A woman who died after business jet she was aboard heavy turbulence as she flew over New England was identified on Monday as a prominent Beltway lawyer who once served on the 9/11 Commission.

Dana J. Hyde’s name was released by the Connecticut State Troopers, one of the agencies investigating Friday’s emergency landing at Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford.

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Hyde, 55, who lived in Cabin John, Md., was rushed by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Hartford, where she was pronounced dead, the agency said.

His remains lie in the Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner’s Office while the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board investigate what happened aboard the Bombardier business jet which was traveling from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia, before suddenly turning to Bradley.

Five people were on board the private jet, which is owned by Kansas City, Missouri-based Conexon, according to a Federal Aviation Administration database.

“We can confirm that the aircraft belonged to Conexon and that Dana Hyde was the wife of Conexon partner Jonathan Chambers,” company spokeswoman Abby Carere said in an email. “Jonathan and his son were also on the flight and were not injured in the incident.”

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NTSB investigators were interviewing the two surviving crew members and two passengers to see, among other things, whether they were wearing seat belts when the plane was hit by turbulence, The Associated Press reported. The jet’s cockpit voice and data recorders were sent to NTSB headquarters for analysis.

Hyde is identified on his LinkedIn page as co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Partnership for an Inclusive Economy.

Jon Purves, a spokesperson for the organization, said Hyde was a part-time consultant and, in that role, served as co-chair of the FIPA from 2020 to 2021.

“During her time with us, Dana was a brilliant and generous colleague who worked closely with programs across the organization to build partnerships and improve our collective work,” he said. “The thoughts of the entire Aspen Institute community are with Dana’s family and loved ones.”

Prior to that, Hyde served in the Obama and Clinton administrations and was also in private practice, according to his biographyy. From 2002 to 2004, she also served on the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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