Three people were killed and two injured when a single-engine plane missed the runway at the Lynchburg, Va., municipal airport and crashed and burned in a wooded field, police said yesterday.
Police found Harry D. Dove, the 34-year-old pilot, his wife, Janet P. Dove, 41, and her daughter, Virginia P. Smith, 11, all of Alberta, Ga., in the partially charred plane, which crashed Friday at 11:05 p.m.
Walter L. Smith, 12, and the boy's uncle, Robert Q. Tucker, survived the crash with multiple fractures and abrasions and pulled themselves from the wreckage, police said.
The Doves were visiting Janet Dove's father, Quate M. Tucker of Roseland, Va., who was at the airport when the plane crashed, police said.
Because of dense fog, no rescue planes searched for the PA-32 Cherokee 6, according to Virginia state troopers. But two Lynchburg police officers, part of a ground patrol team combing the area, heard Walter Smith's screams early yesterday.
*The two survivors waited for rescuers more than four hours in the damp woods near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one-half mile from the runway, state police Sgt. C.G. Edwards said. They were found at 3:20 a.m.
Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials arrived at the site yesterday afternoon to investigate the accident. No cause has been determined, but police said dense fog was apparently a factor.
Thick fog was blamed for the Jan. 21 helicopter crash in Baltimore that killed two members of the Maryland state police. The Bell Jet Ranger crashed in a wooded city park shortly after the troopers had flown an accidental shooting victim to the University of Maryland Hospital.
One of the worst single-engine crashes last year occurred north of Lynchburg in the Shenandoah Valley near Harrisonburg. Fourteen people were killed when a Henson Airlines commuter plane slammed into the mountains.