MARYLAND HEIGHTS • A woman who was critically injured in a small plane crash last week that killed her pilot husband has also died.
Suzanne Hazelton, 69, died at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, said a spokeswoman with DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton. She was critically injured in the crash, which happened in Creve Coeur Lake, and had been on life support.
Russell Hazelton, 78, died the morning after the Wednesday night crash. He was a former TWA pilot and had been flying with his wife to spend time at their Town and Country home.
The plane was registered to Russell Hazelton in Factoryville, Pa., but the couple also had homes in Vermont and Town and Country, authorities and neighbors said.
Russell Hazelton was piloting the Piper PA-28 Cherokee - a small, single-engine plane - from Delaware, Ohio, toward Creve Coeur Airport when something went wrong about 8:40 p.m. not far from the airfield in Maryland Heights.
A witness told officials that the plane's engine sounded as if it was sputtering as the Piper circled the lake. Officials said it banked and appeared to be making an emergency landing, possibly on the beach, when the pilot set the plane down on the water and the aircraft flipped over.
Rescue workers who came to the scene within minutes found the plane upside down with the cockpit submerged. They could not get the door open, so they dragged the plane to shallow water and held it up to keep the couple out of the water. Authorities estimated the Hazeltons were underwater for about seven to eight minutes.