The Maryland plane crash that claimed the life of Health Decisions CEO Michael J. Rosenberg on Monday also killed a second employee of that company, as well as an executive at another Triangle business.
The other crash victims who were aboard the plane were identified on Tuesday as David Hartman, 52, vice president of clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and nonclinical development at Nuventra Pharma Sciences in Durham; and Chijioke “Chiji” Ogbuka, 31, of Health Decisions. Ogbuka is a project manager for regulatory affairs and medical writing at the company, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of David and will miss him both personally and professionally,” Nuventra CEO Geoffrey Banks said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family as well as others affected by this terrible tragedy.”
Patrick Phillips, vice president of clinical affairs at Health Decisions, issued a statement late Tuesday expressing “our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Ogbuka family on the tragic loss of our valued colleague Chijioke “Chiji” Ogbuka in yesterday’s accident.”
Rosenberg, who founded Health Decisions, was identified Monday as a victim of the plane crash. A Maryland woman and her two young sons died when the jet crashed into their home.
Health Decisions is a contract research organization, or CRO, that helps pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies conduct and analyze clinical trials of experimental drugs. The company had 125 employees as of mid-2013.
Rosenberg was an experienced pilot, and the plane was registered to one of his companies.
Hartman joined Nuventra in January 2013. He previously was senior director in the Durham office of Aptiv Solutions, a CRO. He is survived by his wife, Janet, and two adult children, Elaine and Andrew.
A person who answered the phone at Hartman’s home said family members didn’t want to comment.
A Nuventra spokesman said the company at this time isn’t saying anything beyond its statement.
Nuventra works with CROs and pharmaceutical companies. Founded in 2008, the company has more than 20 employees.
Health Decisions’ Ogbuka also was an adjunct associate professor of regulatory affairs at the University of Maryland University College and a lecturer in bioethics at the University of Saint Mary, according to LinkedIn.
Health Decisions officials couldn’t immediately be reached for additional comment. The company hasn’t returned phone calls since the accident occurred, instead communicating only through three brief statements naming Rosenberg and Ogbuka as victims and expressing condolences to the families of Hartman and those who died in Maryland.
The whereabouts of Ogbuka’s family couldn’t immediately be determined.
The twin-engine plane took off from Chapel Hill’s Horace Williams Airport around 9:30 a.m. Monday. It crashed later in the morning – the first call came in at 10:44 a.m. – into three houses near Montgomery County Airpark in Maryland.
Marie Gemmell, 36, and her two sons – 1-month old Devon and 3-year-old Cole – were killed when the jet crashed into their home.
The Washington Post reported that those aboard the plane planned to attend a meeting with U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials in Montgomery County.
Robert L. Sumwalt, NTSB vice chairman, said at a press conference at the agency’s headquarters in Washington Tuesday that there was no evidence of fire, catastrophic engine failure or “bird ingestion.”
The agency still needs to review the flight data recorder and analyze all the information that’s been collected, including determining the pilot’s actions and what effect they may have had.
Health Decisions’ Patrick issued a statement on Monday saying that “everyone at Health Decisions is devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague Michael Rosenberg.”
The company also said that a successor to Rosenberg would be announced “at an appropriate time” and that no changes were anticipated in day-to-day business activities.
Staff writer Tammy Grubb and The Associated Press contributed.