The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released additional information on the incident that occurred in Fauquier Monday. At approximately 4:21 p.m. a Piper PA-28 and a Beechcraft BE-35 collided in flight about five miles from Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Sumerduck, VA. Following the mid-air collision, the Piper PA-28 crash landed in a field and the BE-35 crashed in a wooded area.
Following the accident, investigators learned that the PA-28 was registered to an FAA employee and the BE-35 was registered to an NTSB employee.
Because both airplanes were owned and/or operated by NTSB and FAA employees, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, in consultation with FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, requested that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) conduct this investigation.
“This accident hits especially close to home, with the involvement of an NTSB employee,” said Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman. “I’m grateful to TSB-Canada Chair Wendy Tadros for agreeing to conduct the investigation and the NTSB stands ready to support and assist them in any way we can.”
The owner and pilot of the PA-28, an FAA employee, survived the collision with injuries. An NTSB employee is the registered owner of the BE-35. The two occupants of the BE-35 were fatally injured. The occupants of the aircraft have not yet been officially identified.
Virginia State Police and National Transportation and Safety Board officials remain at the scene of a crash that involved two aircraft that plunged to the ground in a secluded area of Fauquier County.
The accident occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. Monday afternoon in the area of Silver Hill Road in Fauquier County. Police have determined that the two planes collided in mid-air and then fell to the ground approximately a mile apart. Parts of the planes and debris were scattered between the two crash sites. One of the planes caught fire upon impact. In that plane, which is believed to be a six-seater aircraft, two bodies were recovered. They have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for positive identification and examination.
The pilot of the second plane, seventy year old Thomas R. Proven, of Broad Run, Va., survived the crash. Proven was taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., and is still being treated for his injuries. He was flying a 1965 Piper PA28140.
The incident and cause of the mid-air collision remain under investigation.