Six People Are Killed in Fiery Virginia Plane Crash

Investigators are looking for clues after a tragic plane crash that left six people dead in northern Virginia.

Reuters reported on how six people, including three members of a family from Indiana and a German exchange student, lost their lives Friday when the small plane they were in hit a line of trees after an aborted landing at an airport near Fredericksburg in Virginia.

While air crashes are rare, when they do occur the consequences are often serious. My thoughts are with the family members who lost their lives on Friday.

The plane, a twin-engine 1969 Beech 95-B55, crashed at the edge of Shannon Airport outside Fredericksburg in northern Virginia.

Fredericksburg plane crash

The wreckage of the plane crash in Fredericksburg (Virginia State Police)

The report stated that the plane touched down on the runway, pulled up and carried out a maneuver known as a "go-round.”

Virginia State Police said the engines appeared to stall, the plane banked, crashed into trees and caught on fire.

The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. There are no immediate indications of the cause of this wreck.

The media reported six bodies were recovered from the plane including those of the pilot, William Hamerstadt, 64, of Carmel, Indiana, and Robert D. Ross, 73, of Louisville, Kentucky, the owner of the plane.

The four other passengers who lost their lives were identified as Lisa Borinstein from Indiana; her 19-year-old son, her 15-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old exchange student.

The 15-year-olds were students at Triton Central High School, according to a statement.

State police said the flight departed from Louisville on Friday morning, heading to Shannon with an initial stop in Shelbyville.

Small planes are most likely to get into trouble on take-off or landing. Last year, a small plane crashed in Norfolk, with the loss of three lives.

The plane was heading for Norfolk International Airport when it crash landed in the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

First responders found three bodies after an operation by Norfolk and Virginia Beach fire and rescue crews, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other agencies.

There is always a detailed investigation after a serious air crash. Often, pilot error is to blame but a mechanical error can also be a factor. In either scenario, potential wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by the families of those who died. Contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

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