The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has confirmed the existence of a small plane crash in Virginia. In addition, a powerful explosion happened in Washington, DC, causing fear and alarm throughout the city. Numerous reports from Northern Virginia and Maryland citizens claimed that even homes in the Capitol Hill neighborhood were trembling.
Details Of The Crash
The plane took off from Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee, bound for Long Island MacArthur Airport in New York. The Virginia State Police, Augusta County Fire-Rescue, and the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office launched an immediate search for the aircraft following the incident.
The Virginia State Police initially claimed that aviation in the area was hampered by fog and low clouds. However, the crash site was eventually identified by first responders who arrived on foot at about 8 PM on Sunday.
Unfortunately, no survivors were discovered, forcing the search to be called off. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the event thoroughly. The NTSB will take over the investigation and will offer the following information.
The statement read, “A Cessna Citation crashed into mountainous terrain in a sparsely populated area of southwest Virginia around 3 PM local time on June 4. The aircraft took off from Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn, and was bound for Long Island MacArthur Airport in New York. The FAA and NTSB will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and provide all further updates.”
FAA now confirms a Cessna Citation crashed in Virginia. It is likely the sonic boom heard from Maryland / DC / VA were F-16s (either DCANG or Atlantic City alert aircraft) that were sent to intercept. pic.twitter.com/SOfsCHxmww
— Andrew Leyden (@PenguinSix) June 4, 2023
Furthermore, the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) stated that the U.S. military attempted to contact the pilot of the Cessna aircraft after it violated restricted airspace in the Washington, D.C., region. However, the pilot did not respond, and the plane crashed near Virginia’s George Washington National Forest.
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Cessna was on autopilot at the moment. However, as per NORAD’s statement, its authorized aircraft were allowed to travel at supersonic speeds, which might have resulted in a sonic boom reported by civilians in the area. Furthermore, NORAD planes released flares to catch the pilot’s notice.
However, it is essential to note that the pursuing fighters did not cause the crash.