Three people were killed in separate civilian and military plane crashes in Virginia Tuesday night and yesterday.
The first crash, about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night, killed the two occupants of a small plane, including its student pilot, who apparently forgot to raise the plane's flaps after missing a landing approach at an airstrip in Ridgeway in southwest Virginia.
State police in Salem identified the dead as William Harden Taylor, 48, and Donald Wagner, 44, both of Henry County.
State police said the crash happened as Taylor, who was learning to fly, brought the plane in for a landing at Pace Airport.
Investigators said it appeared Taylor came in with his flaps down for the landing but missed his approach. When he pulled back up for another approach, he forgot to raise his flaps, and the plane stalled and crashed into a field.
A Navy A-6E Intruder attack plane crashed about 10:20 a.m. yesterday near Smith Point in Northumberland County, according to a spokeswoman for the Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center in Maryland, where the plane was based.
One crew member was killed and the other was flown to the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond. Their names were withheld pending notification of relatives.