Six people died Friday when a small private aircraft crashed at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia, according to state police.
The plane was attempting to land, but pulled back up at the end of the runway.
“It attempted to abort the landing and take off again,” Sgt. F.L. Tyler of the Virginia State Police told reporters. “It then went off the south end of the runway and then landed in the tree line.”
At 12:26 p.m., Friday (August 12, 2016), Virginia State Police received a report of a plane crash near Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Va.
A 1969 Beech 95-B55 twin-engine, fixed-wing aircraft was attempting to land at the Shannon Airport. Further investigation by the state police, NTSB and FAA have determined that the aircraft touched down midway down the runway and then executed a “go-around.” As it attempted to turn and climb, it appeared to have stalled as it made it beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property. The plane banked left, crashed in the trees and immediately caught fire. Official time of the crash was 12:24 p.m.
A total of six bodies were recovered from the burnt wreckage of the plane. The remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for positive identification, examination and autopsy.
The decedents have been identified as the following:
Pilot: William C. Hamerstadt, 64, of Carmel, Ind.
Robert D. Ross, 73, of Louisville, Ky. (owner of the plane)
Lisa K. Borenstein, 52, of Shelbyville, Ind.
Luke J. Borenstein, 19, of Shelbyville, Ind.
Emma R. Borenstein, 15, of Shelbyville, Ind.
Maren Timmermann, 15, of Berlin, Germany
The aircraft departed Louisville, Ky., Friday morning (Aug. 12). It stopped in Shelbyville, Ind., and continued to its final destination of Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Va.
When the plane struck the trees, it immediately caught fire, officials said.
Rescue workers recovered all six bodies from the burned wreckage.
Virginia State Police identified the victims as:
• William C. Hamerstadt, 64, of Carmel, Ind. (pilot)
• Robert D. Ross, 73, of Louisville, Ky. (owner of the plane)
• Lisa K. Borenstein, 52, of Shelbyville, Ind.
• Luke J. Borenstein, 19, of Shelbyville, Ind.
• Emma R. Borenstein, 15, of Shelbyville, Ind.
• Maren Timmermann, 15, of Berlin, Germany
The aircraft departed Louisville on Friday morning, stopped in Shelbyville and continued to Fredericksburg.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and rescue and fire crews were at the scene.