National Transportation Safety Board Moves Forward with Investigation

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- Virginia State Police confirm that the plane was headed toward Hot Springs, Va., when it crashed around 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Rockingham County, and then the call came in almost twelve hours later for rescue crews to come to the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB) began their investigation
into what caused the plane to crash on Nov. 10. The NTSB is talking to neighbors, visiting the crash site, and starting a preliminary report on the crash.

The area where the crash occurred is in a densely, wooded area of the George Washington National Forest.

According to Virginia State Police, the plane was in the process of going through a cross-country instructional flight. The flight started in Frederick, Md., made a stop in Martinsburg, W.Va., then one in Winchester, Va., then was expected to head to Hot Springs, Va.

The pilot, 49-year-old Bernhard Charlemagne, of Frederick, Md., died in the crash. 51-year-old John Hicks, is still recovering.

Stay with WHSV on-air and online as we continue to track this investigation to find new details.