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Man dies in crash of small plane in Spotsylvania County

One man was killed Monday evening when the small plane he was flying crashed near a runway at Shannon Airport outside Fredericksburg, Virginia State Police said.

No one else was injured.

The plane caught fire after plummeting to the ground about 6:30 p.m., state police said. The pilot was the only occupant.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance- Star reported that Spotsylvania County sheriff’s deputies were sent to the airport after dispatchers got a call about someone threatening suicide.

Quoting an official in the sheriff’s office, the newspaper said deputies saw a plane take off, make a couple of passes and then go straight up and straight down.

The matter is under investigation, police said.

The airport, just off Interstate 95 about 60 miles south of Washington, is used by private pilots flying small planes.

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