SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) — Virginia State police have confirmed that six bodies were recovered from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Fredericksburg Friday.
The crash happened around 12:26 p.m. Friday near Shannon Airport, about five miles outside of Fredericksburg.
According to state police, a small, private aircraft was attempting to land at the airport when it came to the end of the runway and pulled back up. The plane made it beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property, banked left and struck the tree line. The plane crashed in the trees and immediately caught fire.
Tanya Aquino of Washington was on an Amtrak train to Richmond when the train stopped. A conductor first said there was a fire, then said there had been a plane crash.
The train rode past the crash site and Aquino said she saw flames, smoke, several rescue vehicles and the remains of the plane just beyond the tree line.
“When I heard there was a fire, it was such a hot day, I was hoping it was just a brush fire,” Aquino said. “It looked so terrible the way the plane had landed.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.