Small plane crashes in Suffolk swamp

A small plane crashed in a heavily wooded area adjacent to the Chesapeake Regional Airport on Jan 6. 2015. (WAVY/Greg Gadberry)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A small plane crashed in a heavily wooded area near the Hampton Roads Executive Airport on Route 58 Tuesday afternoon.

Suffolk Police and Fire & Rescue, and Chesapeake Police and Fire all responded to the scene around 2:30 p.m., but Virginia State Police is handling the investigation.

There were two men in the single-engine Cessna. Both the pilot, Russell F. Kinder, 32, of Norfolk and passenger, Martin S. Arthur, 57, of Virginia Beach walked to the airport from the crash scene and reported the incident, according to City of Suffolk spokeswoman Diana Klink.

The victims told investigators the plane began experiencing engine trouble and they had to crash land in a swampy area about a mile into the woods near the Suffolk/Chesapeake line. The men were on a training flight. Kinder was a student pilot and Arthur was the flight instructor.

One of the men received a minor injury to his hand, but otherwise they escaped unharmed, according to State Police.

The Virginia of Game & Inland Fisheries’ Conservation Police is providing four-wheel drive equipment to help law enforcement reach the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB were both notified.

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