Pilot dies after plane crashes and bursts into flames in Deltaville

Posted at 11:40 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 17:55:16-05

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Va. - A plane crashed early Tuesday morning in Deltaville resulting in one death.

State Police are investigating a plane crash after a call came in around 9:35 a.m. at the 1270 block of North End Road.

According to the investigation, a fixed wing aircraft, struck a garage type structure, bursting into flames.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) arrived around 3 p.m. Tuesday to examine the crash site.

The pilot was the only person on board the single-engine Beechcraft V35, according to the FAA. He was identified on December 3 as 71-year-old Carl Macon Smith. Officials previously incorrectly identified his age as 62.

Sondra Englar said she heard the plane falling from the sky before the impact.

"I heard the quick descending sound of a plane and then the loud boom loud enough and strong enough to shake my house," Englar recalled to CBS 6 reporter Brendan King. "It didn’t sound like the engine was stalled, because I could hear the plane. I could hear the engine. It was just that quick descending."

The plane crashed outside several vacation homes that sit along the Rappahannock River. No one was inside of the nearby homes during the crash.

Hummel Field, a small airfield in Deltaville, is about two air-miles from the crash site, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya. But, it's unclear where the plane took off and where it was headed.

"We do know who was up in the air, but unfortunately we still have to do positive identification by the Medical Examiner’s office," Anaya stated.

"A single-engine Beechcraft V35 crashed into a residential building near Sandy Beach Road in Deltaville, Va., at 9:45 a.m., local time today. The aircraft caught fire after crashing. Preliminary reports are only the pilot was on board. We have no reports of people on the ground being injured. Please ask local authorities for information pilot’s condition and identity. The FAA and NTSB will investigate. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents. The FAA will release the aircraft tail number once investigators verify it at the scene. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and all updates," a FAA spokesperson said in a statement.

WTVR reporter Brendan King contributed to this report.