More detail on this person: 2 KILLED AS A COPTER CRASHES IN FOG IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY By JAMES FERON, Special to the New York Times MONTROSE, N.Y., May 30- A corporate helicopter evidently seeking to make an emergency landing in a thick fog crashed last night on a front lawn in this Westchester County community, killing the two persons aboard the aircraft. The helicopter was owned by Peckham Industries Inc. of White Plains, a road construction materials company, and was carrying its president, John S. Peckham, 49 years old, of Chappaqua, N.Y., according to James V. DeForest, vice president. The pilot, Mark Hildebrandt, 32, of Elizabethtown, N.Y., was the other victim. Also last night, a helicopter carrying Mayor Koch back to New York City from a criminal-justice meeting in Ossining, N.Y., was forced to make an emergency landing in an open field in Croton, four miles south of Montrose, at about 10:15 because of bad weather. There were no injuries. The Peckham Industries helicopter flew over the Montrose neighborhood two or three times, according to residents, seemingly lower each time, and then smashed through a power line and a dogwood tree in front of the home of Eleanor Kavana at 18 Travis Avenue. Fuel Splattered on Porch Fuel splattered onto the front porch of the wood and stone home, but the fire that the 70-year-old Mrs. Kavana said ''was as high as the trees'' did not spread to the house, which was occupied by two other women and Mrs. Kavana's son, Jan. Federal officials searched through the scattered wreckage, aided at midday by Mr. DeForest. He said the helicopter was on its way from Catskill, N.Y., where he and two others had left Mr. Peckham and the pilot.
Burial information: Lewis Cemetery, Lewis, NY
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