Purchase, N.Y. - A family spokesman says the pilot of a small plane who died in a crash outside New York City was Richard Rockefeller, great grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller.

Officials say the aircraft took off just after 8 a.m. Friday from Westchester County Airport, narrowly missed a house and hit some trees.

Rockefeller, of Falmouth, Maine, was the only person on board the Portland, Maine-registered aircraft. The family spokesman says the 65-year-old was a doctor and father of two.

The plane was a single-engine Piper Meridian that crashed in the hamlet of Purchase. At the time, the weather was foggy and visibility was about a quarter-mile.

Rockefeller was a nephew of former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller, who also was governor of New York from 1959 to 1973.