On Sunday, The Gateway Pundit reported that an explosion-like sound shocked the residents in the vicinity of Washington DC, echoing across nearby areas in Maryland and Virginia.
My wife and I were recording a song on an iPhone and captured the boom 💥 in Fairfax VA pic.twitter.com/US7Bcfl8b5
— literal mastodon (@Travisagainst) June 4, 2023
At first, authorities claimed the cause of the loud boom that occurred at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday was just an F-16 fighter plane that broke the sound barrier while participating in military drills over the Chesapeake Bay.
New developments revealed that four F-16 fighter planes, two from the DC National Guard’s Andrews Air Force Base and two from a base in Atlantic City, New Jersey to intercept an unresponsive aircraft that eventually crashed in the southwestern region of Virginia.
According to an earlier report by ABC News, a U.S. official stated that the pilot of the Cessna appeared to have “passed out” while at the controls.
The FAA reported that the Cessna crashed at 3:30 p.m., 10 minutes after the F-16s intercepted it.
Per The Mirror:
Public government records say the aircraft was owned by Encore Motors of Melbourne, which company records say Barbara Rumpel is president of. It is not known who was on the aircraft at the time, however.
A woman by the same name is also on the NRA board of directors for 2023 and served on Donald Trump’s 2nd Amendment Coalition – but it has not been confirmed they are the same person.
The claims that Barbara Rumpel was one of the passengers, which have been circulating on the internet, are not true.
When contacted by the Associated Press, Barbara Rumpel declined to provide any comments regarding the incident.
In a brief interview with Washington Post, John Rumpel confirmed he owns Encore Motors.
He confirmed the heartbreaking news that his entire family was on board the ill-fated plane during the time of the crash.
The family members included his daughter, a grandchild, and their nanny.
“Public aviation records said the plane that crashed was registered to Encore Motors of Melbourne, a Florida-based company. Reached by phone, John Rumpel said he was the owner of Encore. Asked whether the plane that crashed was owned by Encore, he said: “To the best of my knowledge.” Rumpel said his “entire family” was on board, including his daughter, a grandchild and her nanny. “We know nothing about the crash,” he said. “We are talking to the FAA now. … I’ve got to keep the line clear,” Washington Post reported.
The President of Encore Motors of Melbourne and NRA member, Barbara Rumpel (pictured below) who owned the private jet was not on board during the crash.
Her husband, John Rumpel has released a comment to the Associated Press announcing the sad news however that their “entire… pic.twitter.com/xXbZpepzdv
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 4, 2023