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Spotsylvania plane crash victims identified

 The investigation into Saturday's plane crash near Shannon Airport in Spotsylvania is continuing.
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Date published: 10/1/2012


While the runway at Shannon remains open, fuel sales at the airport have been suspended pending the investigation. Stanley said it is standard procedure for the FAA to shut down sales after an accident until tests can rule out fuel as a factor in the crash.

The crash victims' bodies were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy early Sunday morning.

Investigators had not cleared the crash debris as of noon Sunday, but they planned to take it away by the end of the day.

The wreckage at the end of Carrie Court served as a reminder of both the tragedy of the crash and the good fortune that homes and people on the ground were spared.

According to The Free Lance-Star's archives, Saturday's accident was the first fatality at Shannon Airport since 2006, when Mitchell Strother crashed his single-seat plane into an adjacent field. Although there have been several other crashes at the airport since 1990, the next-most-recent fatality was a skydiving accident in 1980.

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

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