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Private Plane Crash at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport

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Police cleared the runway by 7:30 p.m. Police cleared the runway by 7:30 p.m.

Virginia State Police Press Release

At 4:57 p.m. Saturday, Virginia State Police responded to the Charlottesville Albemarle County Regional Airport.

A 1961 Piper Commanche two-seater airplane was under the control of a student pilot. As it was coming in for a landing, it made contact with the runway too hard which caused its landing gear to retract. The plane then skidded to a stop on its "belly."

Neither the pilot nor the passenger, who was the instructor, was injured.

The pilot was Robert Camp of Raleigh, N.C., and was en-route to the airport from Winchester.

State police cleared the scene by 7:30 p.m.

A spokesperson for the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is reporting a private plane has crashed on the runway.

Two people were on board, but are reported to be okay.

The plane was coming from Winchester to Charlottesville.

The spokesperson is reporting that something unusual happened during the landing, and the plane is now blocking the runway. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

An American Airlines flight to Chicago and a Delta flight to Atlanta are both delayed. 

Remaining incoming flights are being diverted. One has been diverted to Lynchburg. 

CHO is encouraging passengers to check with airlines about updated flight information. 

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