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Police ID pilot killed in Deltaville crash

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Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 18:18:12-05

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Va. -- The pilot killed in a November 24 plane crash was identified as Carl Macon Smith, 62, of White Stone, Virginia, according to Virginia State Police.

"Preliminary investigations reveal that a fixed-wing aircraft struck a garage-type structure, causing it to become completely engulfed in flames," a Virginia State Police spokesperson wrote in an email.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The crash was reported at about 9:35 a.m. on North End Road.

Sondra Englar said she heard the plane falling from the sky before the impact.

"I heard the quick descending sound of a plane and then the loud boom loud enough and strong enough to shake my house," Englar recalled. "It didn’t sound like the engine was stalled, because I could hear the plane. I could hear the engine. It was just that quick descending."

The plane crashed outside several vacation homes that sit along the Rappahannock River. No one was inside the nearby homes during the crash.

Hummel Field, a small airfield in Deltaville, is about two air-miles from the crash site, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

But, it was unclear where the plane took off and where it was headed.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.