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VSP investigate a plane crash in Fluvanna County

The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office report receiving a 911 call at approximately 8:55 a.m. Sunday May 5.

Callers reported a low-flying plane and what sounded like an explosion.

Authorities including the Virginia State Police responded and located an aircraft on fire in a densely wooded area off Miles Jackson Road near Palmyra.

Once the fire was extinguished authorities were able to determine the plane was a privately owned plane flying out of the Manassas Regional Airport.

The plane was a 1975 twin-engine Rockwell Aero Commander 690A that left Manassas airport that morning heading for Georgetown South Carolina.

The pilot 63-year-old John W. Latham of Haymarket and a passenger 73-year-old Niiben C.A. Avivorh of Burke were unable to survive the crash.

The remains of both have been transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been called in to assist with the investigation.

Those authorities are asking the public for assistance in the investigation by locating plane parts.

The plane was flying north to south along Miles Jackson Road when parts began to separate from the plane.

Some plane parts have already been recovered in a three mile stretch in the debris field.

Anyone finding debris is asked to contact the National Transportation Safety Board or Fluvanna Sheriff’s Office.

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