Investigations after plane crashes in Fluvanna killing 2

A twin-engine plane that left Manassas Regional Airport Sunday morning crashed in Fluvanna killing the pilot and his passenger.

According to Virginia State Police, shortly before 9 a.m., 911 calls started coming in from residents in the 200 block of Miles Jackson Rd. in Palmyra. They reported a low-flying plane and noise described as sounding like an explosion.

The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia Conservation Police, and VSP responded to the area to search for wreckage. The downed plane was located in a densely wooded area off Miles Jackson Rd. and was on fire, State Police reported.

The privately owned plane, a 1975 Rockwell Aero Commander 690A, was headed to Georgetown, SC.

According to the AP, the NTSB reported that parts started to separate from the airplane as it flew new Miles Jackson Rd. And some of those parts were recovered from a debris field that spanned nearly 3 miles.

Photo: Virginia State Police

NTSB stated the wreckage would be taken to a secure facility for further investigation, the AP added.

VSP noted that there was light rain at the time of the crash. And they also have an investigation underway.

The remains of the pilot, John W. Latham, a 63-year-old Haymarket man, and his passenger, 73-year-old Niiben C.A. Ayivorh, were sent to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond for examination and autopsy, VSP also stated.

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