(Republican Leader) – An individual who happens to be a regular donor to both the National Rifle Association and a number of different GOP politicians and causes recently spoke with reporters where he revealed that he lost several members of his family during the crash of a private jet after it flew through restricted airspace on Sunday. This is truly a tragic story. Be sure to lift this man up in prayer if you’re the praying type.
A report from George C. Upper of The Western Journal said that John Rumpel, in an interview with The Washington Post, stated that his “entire family” was onboard a Cessna Citation that crashed close to Montebello, Virginia around 3:30 in the afternoon last Sunday.
“Multiple outlets, including The New York Times, reported that Rumpel’s daughter, 2-year-old granddaughter, and a nanny went down with the plane, as well as a pilot,” Upper observed. “The U.K.’s Daily Mail identified the daughter as Adina Azarian, 49, and reported that the Rumpels had lost another daughter in a scuba diving accident when she was only 19.”
The jet was owned by Encore Motors, based in Melbourne, Florida, which is owned by Rumpel and his wife, as per information contained in federal records cited in a report published by The Daily Beast.
“It was intercepted by two F-16 jets after it flew into the restricted airspace over Washington, D.C. A total of six jets were scrambled in response to the incursion, but only two ‘inspected’ the private jet, officials of the North American Aerospace Defense Command told the Post,” Upper remarked.
The scrambled fighters were authorized to fly at supersonic speeds, which resulted in a loud sonic boom that the Post says, “startled residents across the District, Maryland, and Virginia around 3:10 p.m.”
The fighter jets deployed flares to try and get the attention of the unresponsive Cessna’s pilot, who allegedly lost consciousness. The private jet was apparently flying on autopilot.
Federal officials have since maintained that the aircraft was not shot down.
“We know nothing about the crash,” Rumpel declared during the interview with the Post. “We are talking to the FAA now … I’ve got to keep the line clear.”
Rumpel, himself, is a pilot, the Times divulged.
With his voice cracking from emotion due to the loss of his loved ones, Rumpel spoke with the Times, saying that if the plane lost cabin pressure, “they all just would have gone to sleep and never woke up.”
“I don’t think they’ve found the wreckage yet,” Rumpel asserted during his conversation with the Times. “It descended at 20,000 feet a minute, and nobody could survive a crash from that speed.”
“Data from flight tracking service Flightradar24 shows a plane matching the Citation’s description and flight path reaching Long Island before turning around,” the Post wrote. “The plane flew directly over Washington before the data ends near Staunton, Va.”
Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman with the Virginia State Police spoke with The Post and noted that first responders found no evidence of survivors when they located the site of the crash that evening.
“Rumpel has a history of donations to Republican candidates and causes, including former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Mitt Romney, and numerous state Republican parties, according to Open Secrets,” Upper penned.
The investigation into the crash is now being headed up by the National Transportation Safety Board.
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