LEBANON, N.H. (AP) – A couple who fell ill while flying their single-engine plane over Laconia earlier this month, forcing their untrained daughter to land the aircraft, died during the weekend.

William Truman died Saturday evening at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. His wife, Diana, died Sunday. A hospital spokeswoman said their daughter, Jennifer, had asked the center not to discuss the cause of deaths.

The couple had been at the hospital since the Aug. 9 incident, where they were taken after apparently being overcome by carbon monoxide shortly after takeoff from Laconia Airport around 4 p.m.

When her father passed out about 15 miles away from the airport, Jennifer Truman contacted the Federal Aviation Administration in Merrimack for help landing.

Officials have said she explained that her father was overcome by carbon monoxide and she needed help landing the plane. As her mother was trying to take care of the father, she, too, was overcome.

The air traffic controller who handled the distress call familiarized Jennifer Truman with the airplane and talked her down.

AP-ES-08-23-04 1705EDT



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