UPDATE 3:50 p.m. (2/2/22): Lynn Spencer, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) provided an update on the plane crash that killed a pilot Tuesday in Pittsylvania County.
On behalf of the NTSB, Spencer gave her condolences to the family members of the crash victim, who has not yet been identified.
Spencer says that Virginia State Police, the Ringgold Fire Department, Pittsylvania County Public Safety Department, and the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office are also helping the NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in investigating the crash.
NTSB arrived on the scene on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
They confirm that the crash took place at approximately 10:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1 involving a Cessna 310R that departed the Danville Regional Airport. The last radar communication with the aircraft took place at 10:06 a.m., with the crash likely taking place within a minute or so later.
The NTSB will continue collecting evidence over the next few days, including looking into the background of the pilot and what may have caused the plane to crash.
Debris is said to expand about 125 yards.
Officials are asking anyone who may have seen the plane or may have information that could help the NTSB in their investigation to call 1-866-328-6347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spencer says they expect the investigation in the crash to take 12 to 18 months.
Watch the NTSB briefing below.
UPDATE 3 p.m. (2/2/22): The National Transportation Safety Administration will be holding a news conference at 3:45 p.m. regarding the plane that crashed on Tuesday morning in the Ringgold section of Pittsylvania County.
We will stream that live on WFXRtv.com, on Facebook and on the WFXR News app.
UPDATE 10:58 a.m. (2/2/22): Virginia State Police have confirmed that the person who died in Tuesday afternoon’s plane crash in Pittsylvania County was the only person on board the aircraft at the time.
According to authorities, the Cessna 310R departed from Danville Regional Airport and crashed at approximately 2:04 p.m. on Tuesday, shortly after take-off, near Cardwell Lane in Ringgold
Officials say the victim’s remains were brought to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s Western Office for positive identification.
The NTSB and the FAA are also investigating the crash.
UPDATE 9:25 p.m.: Authorities are still on the scene of a plane crash in Pittsylvania County.
WFXR News is still on-scene as well and authorities have still cordoned off the area, not allowing anyone near the area where the plane crashed.
They say officials with the NTSB and the FAA have not yet arrived on the scene which is still being classified as being in “recovery mode.”
Crews are still going through the wreckage.
They expect to be on the scene for at least the next 24 hours.
UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: WFXR News has been able to confirm that one person has died in a plane crash that occurred earlier on Tuesday off Milton Highway in the Ringgold section of Pittsylvania County.
WFXR News’ Amanda Lee says authorities have said the plane that crashed was performing aerial surveying after it left Danville Regional Airport around 10 a.m.
At approximately 2:01 p.m., aircraft monitoring lost contact with the plane.
The pilot is reportedly the only person on board. That person has not yet been identified.
Authorities are awaiting approval from the NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to remove the victim from the crash.
DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – A small plane has reportedly crashed near Danville.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says the crash took place on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
The plane was a Cessna 310.
WFXR News has a crew heading to the scene and will provide additional information as we receive it.