Police have identified 6 victims in VA plane crash

(PHOTO: Virginia State Police)

(PHOTO: Virginia State Police)

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Virginia State Police have released the identities of the six victims of the small plane crash near Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The remains of the six victims were sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Police have now confirmed the identities of those victims. They include the pilot of the plane, William C. Hamerstadt, 64, of Carmel, Indiana and the owner of the plane Robert D. Ross, 73, of Louisville, Kentucky. Lisa K. Borinstein, 52, Luke J. Borinstein, 19, and Emma R. Borinstein, 15, all from Shelbyville, Indiana, were also killed in the plane. The sixth victim was Maren Timmermann, 15, of Berlin, Germany.

According to officials, the plane departed Louisville, Kentucky on Friday morning. It stopped in Shelbyville, Indiana, and continued to its final destination of Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Va. The plane, a 1969 Beech 95-B55 twin-engine, fixed-wing, attempted to land at the airport. Further investigation revealed that the aircraft touched down midway down the runway and then executed a “go-around.” In its attempt to turn and climb, the plane appeared to stall and it went beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property. It then banked left, crashed into the trees, and immediately caught fire. The official time of the crash was 12:24 p.m. on Friday.