Student pilot injured after small plane crash-lands behind home

Posted at 3:42 PM, Aug 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-17 00:13:16-04

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. -- An investigation is underway after a 50-year-old pilot was injured when a small plane crash-landed in the woods behind a home near Manassas Regional Airport in Bristow, Va., Sunday morning.

WJLA reports crews were called to 9400 block of Upper Mill Loop  just after 9 a.m. after the small plane hit some trees and came to rest in the woods behind a home.

The pilot was airlifted to a hospital with what were described as serious, but non-life threatening injuries, according to WJLA. No one on the ground was hurt.

According to a statement from the FAA, the accident happened as the pilot was practicing approaches at the airport.

WNEW reports the female pilot is a student at Dulles Aviation.

The pilot was later identified as Karyta Barnes of Alexandria.

Virginia State Police and the FAA are investigating what caused the crash.