Six people were killed in a fiery small plane crash at Shannon Airport near Fredericksburg, Virginia on Friday. The twin-engine aircraft was identified as a 1969-model Beech 95-B55. According to witnesses, the plane, which was coming in for a landing, touched down halfway along the runway, pulled back up and then executed a maneuver known as a “go-round.” As the pilot tried to turn the plane and climb back up, the engines appeared to have stalled out, causing the plane to crash into a line of trees and burst into flames.
Officials have identified the victims of the fatal crash as Robert Ross, 73, of Louisville, Kentucky, the owner of the plane and 64-year-old William Hamerstadt of Carmel, Indiana, who was piloting the plane. Three of the passengers were from Shelbyville, Indiana – 52-year-old Lisa Borinstein and two of her children, her 19-year-old son and her 15-year-old daughter. Also killed was a 15-year-old girl from Germany, who was a foreign exchange student in Indiana.
Officials say the plane left Louisville on Friday morning, stopped in Shelbyville and continued to Fredericksburg, before the terrible crash occurred.
Witnesses from an Amtrak train which drove by the crash site after it occurred said it was a horrific site, with smoke billowing everywhere and the plane completely destroyed.
Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the accident and have not released any statements regarding what may have caused the fatal plane crash. It is not uncommon for aviation crash investigators to deem the cause of small plane crashes on pilot error or hazardous weather conditions. However, there are often multiple parties who hold responsibility for negligence and/or incompetence in these deadly airplane crashes.
The families of these crash victims should consult with a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney who understands aviation law and how complicated it can be. These crashes are covered by a multitude of laws, regulations and treaties, and often require a team of skilled aviation law attorneys to investigate and search for evidence uncovering who those responsible parties really are. Our Virginia and Carolinas personal injury law firm have both the extensive knowledge and experience to successfully represent aviation accident victims and their families.