Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow, N9485N: Incident occurred May 22, 2018 near Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (KSHD), Staunton, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond

Aircraft landed short of the approach runway. 

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Date: 22-MAY-18
Time: 17:50:00Z
Regis#: N9485N
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (May 23):  Investigators with Virginia State Police are looking into the forced landing of a plane outside of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport on Tuesday.

According to Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for State Police, officers were called to the scene in Augusta County at 10:55 a.m., where it was confirmed that neither the pilot, a 24-year-old Rockingham County man, nor the co-pilot, were injured.

The two had been flying a Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow, which had taken off from Weyers Cave on its way to Farmville when the aircraft experienced engine problems.

The pilot attempted to return to the airport, but realized they would not make it back. Instead, he made a forced landing in an open field along Craig Shop Road in Weyers Cave.

The plane only suffered minor damage and no one on the ground was injured. Two nearby farmers responded to the scene of the crash very quickly after they saw the plane coming in too low.

Two people are thankfully alright after the plane they were flying went down just outside of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Sean Simmons, with Virginia State Police, the plane suffered a power failure and a flight instructor from Blue Ridge Aviation maintained control of the craft to crash land it before it could return to the airport where it had departed from.

Farmers nearby saw the plane coming in too low and told WHSV they were startled to see it come close to a power line on the way down.

The propeller was bent and landing gear was damaged on one side when the plane hit the ground in a field at 12:46 p.m. No pieces were broken off of the craft.

The flight instructor and his student were uninjured.

The instructor would not provide his account of what happened in the flight.

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WEYERS CAVE - A flight instructor and his student had to make an emergency landing in a Weyers Cave farm field Tuesday afternoon after their single-engine plane lost power after taking off from the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, authorities said.

Both walked away from the Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow with no injuries.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Sean Simmons said the plane itself was intact after it landed in a field at 1055 Craig Shop Road near SHD.

Simmons said the propeller and a landing gear were damaged.

Emergencies crews were first alerted while the plane was still in the air. When it became clear the plane went down, rescuers were guided to the location by another pilot who circled his plane over the site.

A flight track, as rendered by, of a small plane that left Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, lost power and made an emergency landing.

“We had a report from another aircraft that a plane went down east of airport New Hope and Grottoes,” according to Greg Campbell, executive director for the SHD.

Campbell said a plane from SHD spotted the downed plane and confirmed there were two occupants with no injuries.

"The plane lost engine power shortly after take off," Campbell said.

The plane appears to have been from Blue Ridge Aviation. The instructional pilot at the scene of the emergency was identified as Chris Miller, who declined to be interviewed. 

A farm worker said the plane was flying low as it came in and just cleared some power lines before making the emergency landing in a small valley near a stream.

Virginia State Police will take over the investigation since the crash did not occur on SHD property, Campbell said.

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