Cook executive, daughter die in plane crash

The pilot and passenger who were killed Friday night when a small plane crashed in Tennessee were identified as an executive for Indiana-based Cook Group Inc. and his daughter.

William S. Gibbons Jr., Cook's vice president of of global engineering, and his 15-year-old daughter, Abbey, were killed when the plane crashed into Buffalo Mountain in eastern Tennessee, the Herald Times of Bloomington reported. The girl was a sophomore at Bloomington High School South.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the plane was heading to Bloomington from Knoxville, Tennessee, when it crashed on the mountain southwest of Johnson City. The victims were on their way home from a fall break trip.

The National Transportation Safety Board inspector told the Johnson City Press in Tennessee that it would take six months to a year to determine why the plane crashed.

Gibbons had been vice president of engineering at Cook since June 2009. He previously spent 10 years at Cook subsidiary Cook Endoscopy Inc., including seven years as president.

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