UPDATE: Police ID Pilot Killed In Crash

50-Year-Old Pennsylvania Man Was To Make Stop In Singers Glen

Posted: August 26, 2012

An investigator surveys the wreckage of a single-engine plane that crashed in Rockingham County this morning. The pilot, a Pennsylvania man who was the only one aboard the plane, was killed on impact. (Photo by Michael Reilly)
Editor's note: This is an update to a story posted earlier today on this morning's plane crash in Rockingham County. The original story appears below the updated version.

HARRISONBURGA Pennsylvania man was killed this morning when the plane he was piloting crashed in western Rockingham County.

Brian Forrest Hall, 50, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was scheduled to make a stop at a private Singers Glen airstrip just before noon today, but his 1975 single-engine Beechcraft went down at about 11:25 a.m. in the George Washington National Forest, according to the Virginia State Police.

Hall, who was alone in the plane, was killed on impact, state police say.

Hall departed Wilmington International Airport in Wilmington, N.C., at about 9:15 a.m. on his way to Allegheny, Pa., said VSP Trooper I.S. Sargent.

His plane was scheduled to arrive at Frank Field in Singers Glen at 11:50 a.m.

Sargent said it was unclear what caused the crash.

The wreckage was discovered in a wooded area just off the 9900 block of Tilghman Road west of Briery Branch by a man as he passed by on a bicycle.

First responders found the pilot’s body in the mangled aircraft, said Capt. Jeff Werner of Rockingham County Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters assessed the situation, checked for any fire or other hazardous conditions and turned the scene over to the state police, Werner said.

In addition to the VSP, investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were on the scene Sunday evening, and an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board had been dispatched to the site.

The Daily News-Record will have more on this story as details warrant and a complete report in Monday’s print and online editions.



Original version of story
HARRISONBURG — A man was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed this morning in western Rockingham County.

Emergency crews were called to the 9900 block of Tilghman Road west of Clover Hill at about 11:25 a.m. after receiving reports of an aircraft going down.

At the scene, first responders discovered the wreckage of a single-engine aircraft with one person inside the wreckage, said Capt. Jeff Werner of Rockingham County Fire and Rescue. The pilot died at the scene.

Firefighters assessed the situation, checked for any fire or other hazardous conditions and turned the scene over to the Virginia State Police, Werner said.

Information about the pilot and type of aircraft involved was not available Sunday afternoon.

In addition to VSP, the Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident and dispatched investigators to the scene.

Check out www.dnronline.com for further updates and read the full story in Monday’s print and online editions.


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