FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Richmond FSDO-21
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED INTO WOODED TERRAIN, BATH COUNTY, NEAR ASHWOOD, VIRGINIA.
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV10
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Serious
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
WARM SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - State police have identified the two people who survived an airplane crash in Bath County last week.
Sgt. Rick Garletts told news outlets Sunday that 61-year-old Paul S. Furlow, of the United Kingdom, and 49-year-old Siri Njos, of Louisville, Kentucky, were the only two passengers in the four-seat plane Friday afternoon.
Rescue workers found both Fulow and Njos inside the plane after Njos called 911 to report the crash.
Authorities say the plane encountered bad weather while heading to Annapolis, Maryland from Louisville. Furlow tried to find the Ingalls Field airport, but flew too low and caused the plane to strike some trees and crash. The tail and one of the wings was damaged, but the cabin area was left relatively intact.
BATH CO., Va. -- A small plane crashed just outside of Hot Springs in Bath County.
A passenger in the plane was able to call 911 and say they had crashed, but had no idea where they were.
The experimental aircraft went down just a mile or two south of town Friday afternoon.
Rescuers with the help of the U.S. Air Force were able to ping that cell phone and find this scene.
The pilot and the passenger suffered some broken bones and cuts and but made it out alive.
The plane was flying from Kentucky to Maryland when they tried landing at the local airport because of weather.
"There was no mechanical failure that we know of at this point, obviously it's an ongoing investigation," First Sgt. Anthony Nicely of Virginia State Police said. "I spoke to one of the supervisors on scene at the site and they were just trying to get in to go to Ingalls and got too low in the fog and couldn't see anything and just crashed straight into the side of the mountain."
The plane crashed about 200 feet below the ridge line. The crash site was far from paved roads. Rainy weather complicated the rescue efforts and one of the rescuers suffered cuts to his leg and head.
The Federal Aviation Administration asked local crews to leave the crash undisturbed. It will come to investigate why this happened.
BATH COUNTY (WSLS 10) – Two people have rescue crews in Bath County to thank for saving their lives.
A man and woman crash landed in a small plane in the town of Healing Springs on Friday afternoon.
After the plane crash landed, crews from Bath County, Highland County and state police converged on its location and had to battle the elements to get the two passengers to safety.
1st Sgt. Anthony Nicely with Virginia State Police said the RV-10 Model plane was trying to make its way from Louisville, Kentucky to Annapolis, Maryland.
“As they started approaching the weather, the fog set in on them and they were going to try to jump off or land at Ingalls Airport in Bath County. Prior to being able to do that, they got into heavy fog and just crashed into the side of the mountain,” explained Nicely.
When crews arrived there was no road that led to the plane.
“They had to cut their way in and essentially cut their way out and just manpower carried these guys out,” continued Nicely.
When emergency responders got to the victims, they found good news
“Non-life threatening injuries, some broken bones and lacerations,” said Nicely.
Next came the difficult process of getting the man and woman out of the plane and down the mountain.
“It’s a slow process because of the weather and the grading back there is extremely steep, so it’s going to take probably a half hour or so to get the first one out,” explained Nicely.
The two were safely loaded into an ambulance on the opposite side of the mountain from the staging area and then taken to Bath County Hospital.
Nicely said it’s the best outcome they could hope for, “a good ending to a long evening.”
One of the struggles crews faced was that they couldn’t airlift these people due to fog and visibility concerns, so they had to be carried down to the ambulance on what is known as open trail.
Crews said its remarkable that both passengers survived.
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