‘A Good Friend’: Waldorf Bellhop dies after plane crashes into Connecticut home

A Waldorf Bellhop, Jimmy Elidrissi, 75, died from injuries after a plane he was working for crashed in Connecticut. (www.nydailynews.com) Jimmy Elidrissi, a beloved fixture at Waldorf-Astoria in New York City for more than…

'A Good Friend': Waldorf Bellhop dies after plane crashes into Connecticut home

A Waldorf Bellhop, Jimmy Elidrissi, 75, died from injuries after a plane he was working for crashed in Connecticut. (www.nydailynews.com)

Jimmy Elidrissi, a beloved fixture at Waldorf-Astoria in New York City for more than 50 years, was killed when a small plane crashed just over the state line in Connecticut.

John Pinto, Elidrissi’s son, said Wednesday evening he would not comment further until the family had their time to deal with the loss.

The deceased jet fuel company executive’s wife, Adela, found out about the news late Wednesday, and immediately called Elidrissi’s daughter, Carla, who was also scheduled to work at the Waldorf, said Pinto.

Pinto said his family received no notice of the passing of Elidrissi, of West Brighton, who worked as a JetBlue jet fuel storage operator at LaGuardia Airport.

The 1950s-era plane crashed into a Connecticut home, killing at least three people.

Photos of the plane, which remains in pieces on the lawn of a brownstone in Branford, where it crashed about 4 p.m. Tuesday, clearly show that the jet fuel as exploded.

“On a small-town airport there’s so many fatalities and injuries,” New Haven Police Chief George Campbell told The Post’s New York City Bureau Chief Joann Vaglica.

There is no indication anything other than a plane crash was related to the news breaking, according to a statement from the Department of Transportation, and local aviation officials are investigating why the fuel jetliner left a runway and struck a house.

The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information and investigating the cause of the crash, as well as aviation safety in general, the NTSB said Wednesday.

“At this point, it appears that the three people on board died as a result of injuries from the crash,” the NTSB’s Pia Glickman told the Associated Press.

Several pieces of debris were found in front of the house and nearby, according to the Branford police.

One of the victims of the crash died at the scene and two others died a short time later at Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said.

Glickman would not identify them and said they had not been officially identified because they had not been fully recovered.

Police said the jet left Stamford-New Haven Regional Airport about 4 p.m. and struck a home about three miles from the airport.

Police Chief Kevin M. Mangin said at a late-night news conference that there were “multiple fatalities” and that there was major damage to the home.

No one was home at the time, he said.

Ken Korver, who lives in the home, was at work when the explosion happened.

“It just sounded like a bomb went off,” he told the Times. “It rattled my windows.”

Neighbor John Wright told the New Haven Register that when he heard the explosion he jumped into his car and drove to the scene.

“I couldn’t see the sky, so I started looking through the window,” he said. “I saw the flames coming up with flames just on top of the roof.”

Korver told the Register he smelled a “champagne-like” odor from what he believed was gasoline.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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