June 14, 2006
Tonight, federal investigators are trying to piece together the events that lead to a fatal plane to crash in rural Albemarle County.
The 6-seat plane went down at Bundoran Farm in North Garden around 11:30 a.m. Now investigators and friends alike are searching for answers.
The plane was carrying two passengers, and crashed just yards away from the landing strip they were attempting to hit, a private airfield on Bundoran Farms.
"There were no survivors that we could see. We did some searches of the immediate area to make sure there wasn't some other survivor that we hadn't discovered," said North Garden Chief George Stephens.
The pilot of the plane had been cleared for visual approach just moments before impact. Up to that point, there were also no distress calls. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board say they plan to investigate to determine the cause.
"We're going to look into the three areas. The man, the machine and the environment. Environment is going to be one of those things," said Paul Cox with the NTSB.
"It was raining. It was foggy. There was a low ceiling of visibility but at this point we really aren't able to say whether weather was a factor in this crash or not," said County Spokesperson Lee Caitlin.
The flight originated from Nashua, New Hampshire and was bound for Bundoran Farms. The Beechcraft 36-TC was registered to David I. Brown. The farm's current owners, the Qroe Company, are based in Derry, New Hampshire, just 12 miles from Nashua and employ a David I. Brown as Regional Director of the company. A farm spokesperson would not confirm if Brown was aboard the plane.
"It was not a local plane. They were not local gentleman. They were coming into Bundoran Farm," said Susan Payne.
Official confirmation of the two victim's identities will take place once the authorities have notified their families. That is expected to take place by tomorrow.