February 24, 2006
A small plane crashed near Mount Sidney in Augusta County late Thursday night.
The single engine plane crashed just a few yards away from traffic along interstate 81, at mile marker 232.
The accident happened just after 11 p.m. and authorities say the plane may have been flying too close to the ground.
"This plane was flying a little low, clipped a power line which sheered off a wing at which time the plane came in contact with the ground and ignited," said Sgt. G. Scott VanLear of the Virginia State Police.
Pieces of the plane were scattered for several hundred yards along the northbound lanes of Interstate 81.
"The bigger pieces due to mass are going to fly further than the lighter pieces," explained Sgt. VanLear, "But as soon as it makes contact with something, pieces of it are going to start breaking off, so from point A to point B you're gonna have a scatter pattern."
The FAA will be conducting the investigation and is expected on site in Augusta County today.
The pilot was the only man killed in the accident. He had a pilots license, but was not flying his own plane.