A plane that crashed in Virginia after taking off from Teterboro early Sunday apparently held Daniel Dorsch, who made his name as former president and CEO of the Checkers fast food chain, and his wife, their son said.
During his stint with Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Daniel Dorsh of Tampa, Fla., named one of his companies after his three sons — Nicholas, Elliot and Jordan LLC. Jordan even worked at Checkers while his dad was in charge.
Jordan Dorsch told the St. Petersburg Times this afternoon that Daniel Dorsch (photo right), who is a registered pilot, and his wife, Cyndie, had been in New York for the weekend and planned to fly back to Tampa in their private plane today. But they never showed up, Jordan said, and he’d been unable to reach them.
There’s a possibility two others were aboard, a source told me, but authorities haven’t yet confirmed that.
“It was tough to tell at first — it hit the ground really hard,” the source said. “The wreckage covered the entire farm.”
The plane — registered to Nicholas, Elliot and Jordan LLC — left Bergen County at 7:30 a.m. and was over Virginia when the pilot reported that a panel peeled off, said FAA spokesman Jim Peters. The pilot asked to divert to nearby Lynchburg Regional Airport, he said.