March 30th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Small plane crashes in Virginia

A small plane crashed near Roanoke Regional Airport in Virginia.

[Updated at 1:35 p.m.] The small private plane crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday just north of the Roanoke Regional Airport in Virginia, spokeswoman Sherry Wallace told CNN.

It's believed that the plane was arriving at the airport when it reported to the control tower that it was having some trouble, Wallace said. The reasons for the plane's problems were not immediately known, she said.

Two people were believed to be on board the aircraft. A fire at the site of the crash has been put out, Wallace said, and crews continued to work the scene.

[Posted at 1:23 p.m.] A small private plane crashed outside of the Roanoke Regional Airport in Virginia, near a UPS facility, an airport spokeswoman said.

This story is currently developing. We'll bring you the latest details as we get them.

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  1. Ian

    @Chris Sounds like the authorities may have misled you. Aircraft of that nature don't have ejection seats. It is possible, however unlikely, that they could have jumped out. Hopefully the report claiming they were both taken to a hospital is correct. Wishing them a speedy recovery.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Hard to tell from this picture exactly what type of plane this is, but it would be highly unusual for a general aviation aircraft of this size to have parachutes on board, unless it was carrying jumpers or was undergoing flight tests.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    Certainly no ejection seats and certainly not wearing parachutes. I don't know of any jump operations that uses aircraft like this (to my eyes it looks to be a member of the PA-46 family–Malibu, Mirage, Meridian, or Matrix)

    March 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James

    Apparently it has been confirmed that this airplane was of the Piper PA-46 series.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    ? for anyone familiar with that type of plane: a door appears to be open in the fuselage on the port side; could that have opened like that on impact, or is it more likely it was opened intetionally, either by a rescuerer or one of the victims?

    March 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dewey

    Local news is confirming the pilot has died from his injuries. The passenger bailed out of the plane just before impact and is listed as being in serious condition.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Anthony if you are scared don't fly. There are far too many passengers and too few flight options as it is.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Griffin

    Peter was a close friend and a good pilot. The FAA report will detail if his unexpected landing in Roanoke was related to a mechanical problem. If so , the takeoff was ill fated and single-engine pilot's worst nightmare of losing power on takeoff so low to the ground where the is no time to plan options.

    We will miss him.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jennie

    Response to #24 by Griffin
    Wow! Makes it more personal that you knew him. Prayers and condolences to all his friends and family. Hope the passenger survives.

    March 31, 2010 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. James

    Steve (Post 21): It is hard to say with certainty whether the door would have opened on its own or whether someone else opened it. It's possible that the passenger opened it after the impact, although it seems to me more likely that a rescuer opened the door attempting to get at the occupants. Also possible is that this "explosion" (whether it all caught on fire at one or exploded I don't know) or the impact opened the door, although my gut tells me that it would look more mangled than it does in the photo if that were the case.

    My thoughts going out to everyone affected by this incident.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Amanda

    My sister and daughter are friends with the pilots kids.. This is very tragic and my prayers are with the family

    April 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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