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Tracy Turner & Kent W. Clapp Killed in Plane Crash (PHOTOS)

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Kent W. Clapp, 62, head of Medical Mutual of Ohio died along with his 40 year old fiance Tracy Turner when their charter plane crashed into the side of a mountain in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

Clapp had been the Chairman and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio since 1997.   Formerly part of Blue Cross, their website indicates it is Ohio's oldest and largest health insurance company, employing 2700 people in eight states.  Turner was an actress and owner of Turner Fashion Enterprises.

The couple, who lived together in Avon Lake, Ohio, were vacationing in the Caribbean and missed their scheduled Continental Airlines flight on Wednesday in the British Virgin Islands.  It was to have taken them to Puerto Rico, then on to Newark, N.J. and Cleveland.  Clapp chartered a small plane to take them to San Juan so that they could make the next connection of their missed flight.

The pilot, Ken Webster was also killed when the craft crashed into fog shrouded El Yunque mountain, 13 miles from San Juan, at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.   Webster was an experienced pilot and airplane mechanic who owned Websta's Aviation Services Inc.

The NTSB indicates that U.S. investigator Todd Gunther will lead the probe into the crash of the Rockwell International 690B plane.

A statement on the Medical Mutual of Ohio website said, in part: "It is difficult to put into words the loss we are feeling.  It was Kent's leadership and hard work that turned Medical Mutual into a success and an industry leader.  That will be Kent's legacy.  His priorities were twofold: his employees, and his customers."

Clapp is survived by sons Jason, Alex, Nathan, Cameron and daughters Danelle Bennington and Isabele Clapp.

Crash photos of the charred wreckage below - click to enlarge.


     
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I just found this news out and im ver very sad and shocked! Tracy was my best friend in high school. I lost touch with her and have tried to lacate her and just recently learned of her huge success! Tracy and i had some memories that will never be forgotten and im deeply sick over this horrible tragedy. I am so sorry for her family. I knew Chris and JoAnna very well and wish i could find them. They knew how close Tracy and I were. I always knew Tracy was not only gorgous outside but inside as well! I loved her fashion statements and everyone always looked at her with her gorgous smile and big blue eyes. Her dimples were perfewct her so long and pretty! Her outfits were out of a magazine she would just throw on and when she would wal by all would look at her! I loved her and i will be sad forever that we have lost one of the best friends a person could od had. I am so glad i was able to have her in my life when i did and forever grateful for her friendship! I hope her family knows how sorry i am for their loss! I love you Tracy and miss you! ASH

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I feel terrible! I heard about it a while ago but my prayers go to the family. His youngest son is in my gym class

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I was very sadden when i heard the news.. my prayer are with all the family member involved...

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