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Six People Are Killed in Fiery Virginia Plane Crash

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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.

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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