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6 dead after small plane crash near Fredericksburg airport

Posted at 1:38 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 23:13:36-04

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- Virginia State Police confirms six people were killed when a small plane crashed near Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg Friday afternoon.

"There were no survivors in the crash," said Virginia State Police Public Information Officer Sergeant F.L. Tyler.

Officials said the plane was attempting to land at the airport at 12:26 p.m. when it came to the end of the runway and pulled back up.

"The plane made it beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property, banked left and struck the tree line," Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller said. "The plane crashed in the trees and immediately caught fire."

The Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Additionally, the NTSB and FAA were dispatched to the scene.

Investigators say a total of six bodies were recovered from the burnt wreckage of the plane Friday afternoon.

All the remains will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for positive identification.

State police are still in the process of notifying next of kin and will not release decedent information until all next of kin are notified. All six victims are from out-of-state.

Twitter user Tanya Aquino tweeted a photo of a fire in the woods outside Fredericksburg while she rode on Amtrak from Washington to Richmond.

"Oh no! I'm on Amtrak from DC to Richmond and a plane has crashed. I have no idea what type but hope people are ok!!?!" she wrote. "Plane looks small but the fire is still going. Praying for anyone involved."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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