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    It is a sad day, Sundowner Crash at Norfolk

    Two dead as single-engine plane crashes in Virginia Beach
    The Virginian-Pilot
    July 11, 2006 | Last updated 2:45 PM Jul. 11

    VIRGINIA BEACH -- A pilot and his wife were killed this morning when
    their single-engine plane went down in a heavily wooded residential
    area near Norfolk International Airport, landing in the backyard of
    a house.

    Wayne Shank, deputy executive director of the Norfolk Airport
    Authority, said the plane was a single-engine Beechcraft Sundowner,
    capable of carrying four people. He said the plane was based at
    Landmark Aviation at the airport, a fixed-base operation where small
    aircraft are serviced.

    Shank said the pilot and his wife were the only people aboard. The
    victims were not immediately identified.

    The crash occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Woodgreen Road between Old
    Canterbury and Worcester drives in the Lawson Forest neighborhood,
    near Virginia Wesleyan College. The victims' bodies remained in the
    wreckage at 2 p.m., awaiting the arrival of a medical examiner, who
    will decide when they should be moved.

    Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration arrived on
    the scene just before 2 p.m. to take charge of the investigation.
    Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were not
    expected to arrive until Wednesday, so the plane won't be moved
    until then, officials at the scene said.

    Sgt. D.S. Carr, spokesman for Virginia State Police, said the plane
    took off from Norfolk International Airport at 11:28 a.m. The first
    911 call came in at 11:32 a.m. Video: Scene of the crash
    Map: Woodgreen Road, Virginia Beach: site of the crash


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    Carr said there were some radio transmissions from the plane to the
    airport tower, but he declined to elaborate, except to say that the
    pilot was attempting to turn back to the airport when the crash
    occurred. The plane's intended destination is not known.

    Carr said the crash victims included two animals.

    The plane crashed in the backyard of Linda Beck, who lives at 5624
    Woodgreen Road. Beck said she was in the hallway of her house with
    her dog when she heard the sound of a plane engine. Shortly after,
    she said, she heard a boom and the sound of trees cracking and a
    crash on the roof of her house.

    Beck said she could see twisted metal in her backyard from a bedroom
    window and that neighbors soon rushed into her house to rescue her.

    No one else was in the house, said Beck, who is retired.

    "It's unbelievable," she said. "I knew something wasn't right by how
    loud and how close the plane was."

    Dan Foster, who lives across the street from Beck on Woodgreen Road
    with his wife, Kristina, saw the plane go down.

    "I was out in the front yard getting ready to put the sprinkler
    down," he said. "It was sputtering, like a car, only a stronger,
    louder noise. No sooner than I came up to look in that direction,
    the plane came crashing down into the trees."

    Looking up, "All I saw was a white flash of the profile of the
    wing," Foster said.

    Foster said his wife ran into Beck's house to help her out, while he
    went inside to call 911.

    Kristina Foster said that when she went to the back door, Beck came
    toward her, screaming, "Oh, my God, the plane, the plane, the
    plane!"

    After calling 911, Dan Foster said, he went to the plane to see
    whether he could help survivors, but he smelled aviation fuel so he
    did not approach the wreckage. He said the cockpit appeared to be
    intact, but there was no sound or movement from inside.

    Foster, who once worked in aviation safety for insurance companies,
    said he went down the street from house to house to warn others to
    leave the area.

    Neighbor P.J. Padrick was at her home on Lawson Hall Road near the
    crash site when she heard a loud sputtering sound.

    "It's unusual to hear them that well," she said. "And then there was
    just a large boom."

    Padrick was peering into a backyard on Sedgemoor Road, where what
    neighbors said was a small piece of the plane could be seen
    suspended in a tree.

    Kary Decandido, who lives four houses down from the site of the
    crash, said no other homes were damaged in the crash.

    "They're trying to clean up ... fuel so it doesn't explode. We've
    all had to move down" the street, she said.

    Luther Shawn, who also lives on Woodgreen Road, said he was watching
    a World War II movie when he saw a man on his street take off
    running, so he left his house to find out what was going on.

    "We've got about every emergency vehicle in Virginia Beach out here,
    plus the State Police," he said. "The whole street is just covered
    with vehicles and spectators."

    More information will be reported on PilotOnline.com as as it
    becomes available.







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    It is a sad day, Sundowner Crash at Norfolk

    Two dead as single-engine plane crashes in Virginia Beach
    The Virginian-Pilot
    July 11, 2006 | Last updated 2:45 PM Jul. 11

    VIRGINIA BEACH -- A pilot and his wife were killed this morning when
    their single-engine plane went down in a heavily wooded residential
    area near Norfolk International Airport, landing in the backyard of
    a house.

    Wayne Shank, deputy executive director of the Norfolk Airport
    Authority, said the plane was a single-engine Beechcraft Sundowner,
    capable of carrying four people. He said the plane was based at
    Landmark Aviation at the airport, a fixed-base operation where small
    aircraft are serviced.

    Shank said the pilot and his wife were the only people aboard. The
    victims were not immediately identified.

    The crash occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Woodgreen Road between Old
    Canterbury and Worcester drives in the Lawson Forest neighborhood,
    near Virginia Wesleyan College. The victims' bodies remained in the
    wreckage at 2 p.m., awaiting the arrival of a medical examiner, who
    will decide when they should be moved.

    Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration arrived on
    the scene just before 2 p.m. to take charge of the investigation.
    Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were not
    expected to arrive until Wednesday, so the plane won't be moved
    until then, officials at the scene said.

    Sgt. D.S. Carr, spokesman for Virginia State Police, said the plane
    took off from Norfolk International Airport at 11:28 a.m. The first
    911 call came in at 11:32 a.m. Video: Scene of the crash
    Map: Woodgreen Road, Virginia Beach: site of the crash


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    Carr said there were some radio transmissions from the plane to the
    airport tower, but he declined to elaborate, except to say that the
    pilot was attempting to turn back to the airport when the crash
    occurred. The plane's intended destination is not known.

    Carr said the crash victims included two animals.

    The plane crashed in the backyard of Linda Beck, who lives at 5624
    Woodgreen Road. Beck said she was in the hallway of her house with
    her dog when she heard the sound of a plane engine. Shortly after,
    she said, she heard a boom and the sound of trees cracking and a
    crash on the roof of her house.

    Beck said she could see twisted metal in her backyard from a bedroom
    window and that neighbors soon rushed into her house to rescue her.

    No one else was in the house, said Beck, who is retired.

    "It's unbelievable," she said. "I knew something wasn't right by how
    loud and how close the plane was."

    Dan Foster, who lives across the street from Beck on Woodgreen Road
    with his wife, Kristina, saw the plane go down.

    "I was out in the front yard getting ready to put the sprinkler
    down," he said. "It was sputtering, like a car, only a stronger,
    louder noise. No sooner than I came up to look in that direction,
    the plane came crashing down into the trees."

    Looking up, "All I saw was a white flash of the profile of the
    wing," Foster said.

    Foster said his wife ran into Beck's house to help her out, while he
    went inside to call 911.

    Kristina Foster said that when she went to the back door, Beck came
    toward her, screaming, "Oh, my God, the plane, the plane, the
    plane!"

    After calling 911, Dan Foster said, he went to the plane to see
    whether he could help survivors, but he smelled aviation fuel so he
    did not approach the wreckage. He said the cockpit appeared to be
    intact, but there was no sound or movement from inside.

    Foster, who once worked in aviation safety for insurance companies,
    said he went down the street from house to house to warn others to
    leave the area.

    Neighbor P.J. Padrick was at her home on Lawson Hall Road near the
    crash site when she heard a loud sputtering sound.

    "It's unusual to hear them that well," she said. "And then there was
    just a large boom."

    Padrick was peering into a backyard on Sedgemoor Road, where what
    neighbors said was a small piece of the plane could be seen
    suspended in a tree.

    Kary Decandido, who lives four houses down from the site of the
    crash, said no other homes were damaged in the crash.

    "They're trying to clean up ... fuel so it doesn't explode. We've
    all had to move down" the street, she said.

    Luther Shawn, who also lives on Woodgreen Road, said he was watching
    a World War II movie when he saw a man on his street take off
    running, so he left his house to find out what was going on.

    "We've got about every emergency vehicle in Virginia Beach out here,
    plus the State Police," he said. "The whole street is just covered
    with vehicles and spectators."

    More information will be reported on PilotOnline.com as as it
    becomes available.








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