Typically a tragedy hits near residence, and generally it does so fairly actually.
Such was the tragedy that occurred on Friday, February 1, 2008, when a Cessna Quotation C-525 crashed into the woods close to West Gardiner, Maine, simply minutes after takeoff from Augusta State Airport.
The pilot was Jeanette Symons, 45; her sole passenger, her son, Balan, 10. Apparently desperate to return residence after per week attending ski camp at Sugarloaf, they took off in extraordinarily unfavorable climate situations. They did not make it.
For me, this airplane crash hit near residence in plenty of methods. First, West Gardiner, Maine is only a few miles from my residence. She will need to have flown virtually over my home simply earlier than her airplane went down, and one of many volunteer fireplace departments that responded to the accident was from my city of Manchester.
Second, the house they had been on their strategy to is Steamboat Springs, Colorado; I too have lived in Colorado. Third, Ms. Symons had been concerned in enterprise within the San Francisco Bay Space, founding firms that helped form the Web because it exists at present; I’ve additionally lived within the Bay Space. Lastly, she was a stratospherically profitable entrepreneur of the sort I solely dream of being.
The climate on the time–an disagreeable mixture of freezing rain, sleet, and snow that the majority locals strove to keep away from driving in–was undoubtedly an element within the crash. All of the whys and hows have but to be sorted out, and the investigation is anticipated to take six months to a 12 months.
Within the meantime, she leaves a 7-year-old daughter, Jennie, her dad and mom, and two brothers. And naturally many admirers, of which I might rely myself one–although, to be trustworthy, I am unable to say for positive that I would ever heard of her earlier than this tragedy made big headlines on web page 1 of my every day newspaper.
Jeanette Symons was a “serial entrepreneur,” mentioned her pal and co-worker Tim Donovan. She was named the wealthiest lady within the nation underneath age 40 by Fortune journal in 2001, reportedly having a web price of $374 million that 12 months. She co-founded Zhone Applied sciences, a telecommunications start-up, and Ascend Communications Inc., a supplier of wide-area community options, which Lucent Applied sciences bought for over $20 billion in 1999. Her newest firm, Industrious Child, runs a networking web site for younger children.
“She needed to carry folks collectively and make good issues occur,” mentioned Donovan. “She was an superior individual, a wonderful, hands-on mom and an important pal. She can be missed by all of us.”
The world wants a e-book about Jeanette Symons. Is anybody engaged on this?