UPDATE: National Transportation Safety Board, VSP heading investigation of small plane crash near Valley airport

A small plane crashed Monday night outside of the Shenandoah Valley Airport. Two passengers were aboard.
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 5:57 PM EDT
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WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Virginia State Police are investigating a small airplane crash that happened near the Shenandoah Valley Airport (SHD) Monday night.

The Federal Aviation Administration conducted its preliminary investigation Tuesday.

Officials said a single-engine Piper Cherokee crashed while the pilot was trying to land at the airport around 7:20 p.m. Monday, April 12. Virginia State Police say the plane was conducting touch-and-go landings at the time. Two passengers were on board.

Police say as the aircraft was attempting to land, the pilot’s controls became unresponsive, which caused the plane to drift left and catch a tree limb. The aircraft then struck several trees just outside the airport property.

The plane will be removed and go to the NTSB for further investigation.

State police said Monday night that the pilot, a 17-year-old male from Romney, W.Va., was transported to UVA Medical Center for treatment of serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries; and a juvenile male passenger was transported to Sentara RMH for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The NTSB says it typically takes 12 to 24 months for a complete and thorough investigation to be done, but a preliminary report will be available soon.

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