One dead in Crozet plane crash

ALG24 via AP

Virginia State Police say the lone person aboard a small plane was killed when the aircraft crashed.

The owner of the property where the crash happened said his wife heard an engine noise followed by a thud around 6:30 am.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Experimental Challenger II aircraft took off from a private airstrip around 8:00 p.m.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

The DPS identified the victims as Clayton Sides, 25, of Dimmitt and Thomas Jacob Hefner, 25 of Bovina.

Local law enforcement agents tell the FAA that two fatalities have been reported in the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are trying to determine if the Piper PA-24 Comanche was overloaded and not equipped to carry six people. The FAA and NTSB have both been notified.

This article will be updated as additional information is released by authorities.

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