UPDATE: Plane crash in VA leaves 6 dead
UPDATE: The Virginia State Police have now confirmed that six bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the small plane crash in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The remains have been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia for identification. Police say that they are workign to identify the victims’ next of kin and will not release any information until they have done so.
Police have confirmed that all six victims were from out-of-state.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Virginia State Police are investigating the crash of a small plane near the Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia. At this time, police are reporting at least two fatalities.
According to officials, a small, private place was attempting to land at the Shannon Airport. It came to the end of the runway and then pulled back up. From there, the plane made it to the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property. It banked left and struck the tree line, crashing and immediately catching on fire.
Police are confirming two fatalities from the crash at this time. The investigators are working with the Office of the Medical Examiner to account for those on board, as well as to identify the victims.
The Virginia State Police are also investigating into the point of departure, as well as the final destination of the aircraft. They are also trying to find out how many passengers were on board the plane at the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The Virginia State Police are being assisted by the Spotsylvania County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management; Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department; Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department; National Park Service; NTSB; FAA; and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.