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Updated: Authorities Investigating Fatal Plane Crash Near Crozet

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Crews on the scene of a fatal plane crash in Albemarle County (FILE) Crews on the scene of a fatal plane crash in Albemarle County (FILE)
Crews on the scene of a fatal plane crash in Albemarle County (FILE) Crews on the scene of a fatal plane crash in Albemarle County (FILE)
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

One person is dead following a plane crash in Crozet Sunday night.

Authorities say a small, private aircraft crashed into a field near Saddle Hollow Road just after 9 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

"Units that first arrived on scene found lots of fire… there are spot fires around, but there is wreckage in a debris field from a plane crash," said Justin Ide with Crozet Volunteer Fire.

Albemarle County Fire & Rescue crews rummaged through the debris as rain poured down. Firefighters say the crash site is a little larger than the size of a football field: "It’s probably 50 yards by maybe 200 yards," according to Ide.

Sunday's torrential downpours turned Saddle Hollow's gravel road into a muddy disaster for rescue crews, limiting their recovery efforts.

"It’s a very treacherous condition. The mountain is quite difficult access, there are no engines up there we are only using brush trucks or pickup trucks to get up there and to shuttle people up there because of the difficult terrain," Ide explained.

The crash happened on private property, but not near any homes. The plane was later identified as a 1996 fixed-wing, twin-engine Cessna.

"CHO - the Charlottesville airport - said on radio traffic that came out that they weren't missing an airplane," Ide said.

Police are working to identify the body, which as been sent to the medical examiner.

At this stage of the investigation, it has been determined that the aircraft had only one occupant.

The FAA and the NTSB are aiding in the investigation.


04/16/2018 Update with VA State Police Press Release:

Virginia State Police, the FAA and NTSB will be continuing the investigation Monday(April 16) into the cause of the fatal plane crash that occurred in Albemarle County April 15, 2018. Albemarle County Police assisted state police overnight with scene security.

At 9:03 p.m., Sunday (April 15), Virginia State Police responded to a report of a downed plane near Saddle Hollow Road in Crozet. The 1996 fixed-wing, twin-engine Cessna crashed in a remote area and one body was recovered from the wreckage.

At this stage of the investigation, it has been determined that the aircraft had only one occupant. State police are still in the process of positively identifying the decedent.


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