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Plane crash at Shannon Airport in Spotsylvania kills two

 Authorities have not identified the two people killed in Saturday's plane crash in River Heights mobile home park in Spotsylvania. The accident occurred about 5:10 p.m. as the plane was taking off from nearby Shannon Airport.
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Date published: 9/30/2012

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"I saw it take off," said Jason Ison, who was at the Wawa across Tidewater Trail from the neighborhood where the plane crashed. "It looked like it was going up at a little too much of a steep angle."

"We heard the engine, then nothing," said Patricia Roberts, who lives in River Heights. "Then we heard a big explosion."

But there was no explosion of the Hollywood variety--no fire at all, although some residents of Carrie Court said they could smell the fuel from the wreck.

Roberts said she recognized the plane from years of living under the airport's flight path.

"His engine is always loud," she said.

Renee Johnson was in her kitchen when it happened.

"It hit the trees. It happened so fast," she said.

Her husband, Douglas, ran out the door and was soon climbing over the wreckage to look for signs of life. He didn't find any.

Robert Stanley, the operations manager at Shannon Airport, confirmed that the plane was housed there. He said that the owner of the Cessna, a Woodford resident, was not in the plane when it crashed.

Jonas Beals: 540/368-5036
Email: jbeals@freelancestar.com


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FEW FATALITIES AT SHANNON AIRPORT

Yesterday's fatal crash is believed to be the first at Shannon since 2006, when a plane crashed into a field on the southwest side of the airport.

The pilot, who was alone in the plane, was practicing takeoffs and landings and was killed on impact.

Before that, the last fatal accident at the airport is believed to have been in 1980, when a skydiver died.