One person dead in crash near Charlottesville

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2018

Virginia State Police said one person was killed when a small plane crashed in western Albemarle County near Crozet Sunday night, WCAV reported.

One body was found in the wreckage and the cause of the crash is under investigation, according to state police spokesperson Corinne Geller.

The twin-engine Cessna crashed about 9 p.m. Sunday in Crozet, 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of Charlottesville.

It's not clear if the deceased was a man or a woman and his or her age is unknown at this time.

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According to ABC affiliate WVAW, firefighters would only confirm that authorities are investigating a plane crash.

Investigators began looking for the aircraft when they discovered it didn't land in any nearby airports. Further south, in the Lynchburg area, tornadoes or severe straight-line winds tore through a residential area, damaging homes and toppling trees.

Sgt. Orlando Moreno with Texas Department of Public Safety said that the fire that started from the crash didn't spread because it wasn't very windy Sunday morning. It's unlikely that the wind alone would have brought it down.

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