SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) A small plane crashed near Murphy’s Mill road in Suffolk Saturday morning.
According to a spokesman for Virginia State Police, the pilot was on his way to Suffolk’s Festival of Flight around 9:44 a.m. when the airplane experienced a mechanical failure.
When the pilot realized he we would not make the Suffolk Airport, he decided to try and land the plane in a field near Murphy’s Mill Road off Route 10. The pilot was unable to land in the field and crashed into the top of a group of trees, then fell to the ground after sitting on top of them for about 30 seconds.
The pilot, who is in his 50s and is from South Boston, Virginia, walked away from the wreckage with just a scratch, according to police. He did not need medical treatment.
Virginia State police are investigating the crash.
Stay with WAVY.com and Wavy News 10 on air for updates as they become available.