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Pilot Dies in Small Plane Crash in Albemarle County

Posted: Updated: 12/18/2013 10:46:04 PM
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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal small plane crash in Albemarle County.
 
The plane's pilot and only occupant, 52-year-old Gregory A. Voit of Northfield, New Jersey, died after the plane crashed into a yard of a home in the 3100 block of Preddy Creek Road Wednesday morning in northern Albemarle.

Crews were called to the scene, a few miles north of Hollymead, shortly after 11 a.m. The plane, a single-engine Beechcraft, did not hit any structures on the ground when it landed about 100 feet from a house.

"It looks like the plane was about 100 feet or so away from the residence. The plane struck some trees and then struck the hillside in front of the house," said Sgt. Greg Miller of Virginia State Police.

The plane had left Woodbine Airport in New Jersey and was headed for Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO). CHO says the pilot reported engine trouble before the crash.

Voit worked as a surgeon for Shore Orthopaedic University Associates. According to his biography, he was an avid flyer, and leaves behind a wife and four children.

His body was taken to a Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond.

Virginia State Police, the NTSB, and the FAA are still investigating the cause of the crash. FAA records show Voit owned the Beechcraft A36TC. 

State police say he was coming to central Virginia to visit his son. 

Virginia State Police Press Release (Updated)

At 11:14 a.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police were called to the scene of a plane crash in Albemarle County. A single-engine Beechcraft crashed landed in the front yard of a house in the 3100 block of Preddy Creek Road. As it came down, the aircraft struck several trees before coming to rest approximately 100 feet from the residence. The house was not struck or damaged.

The plane's pilot and only occupant, Gregory A. Voit, 52, of Northfield, N.J., died at the scene.

The six-seater aircraft had left Woodbine Airport in New Jersey and was to land at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The FAA and NTSB have both been notified.

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