Monday, April 10, 2017

American AA-1A Trainer, N5690L: Incident occurred April 09, 2017 near New Market Airport (8W2), Shenandoah County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office; Washington, DC 

Aircraft on landing, struck trees near the runway.  

Date: 09-APR-17
Time: 19:29:00Z
Regis#: N56901
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

NEW MARKET, Va. (WHSV) — A Harrisonburg man was sent to the hospital after the small plane he was in crashed near New Market Airport Sunday, Apr. 9, according to Virginia State Police.

The American AA-1A Trainer aircraft was attempting to land at the airport when it drifted west of the runway and struck some trees, a release said.

The pilot, 87-year-old Robert Sholtes, was taken to Sentara RMH, then transferred to UVA hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

The Virginia State Police and FAA are investigating the accident to determine the exact cause.

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