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Emergency crews survey the scene of a plane crash on Little Run Road beside Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave on Monday evening.

WEYERS CAVE — Virginia State Police say a pilot's "controls became unresponsive" Monday night before crashing just outside Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.

Emergency crews responded to Little Run Road, just outside the airport, at about 7:15 p.m. to a call of a plane crash.

Police say a 17-year-old Romney, W.Va., male was piloting the Piper PA-28-140 when it crashed.

He was taken by ambulance to Sentara RMH Medical Center and transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries, police say.

A passenger, a boy, was also taken to RMH for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the pilot was conducting touch-and-go landings at the airport in Weyers Cave when the plane's controls stopped working. That, police say, caused the plane to drift left.

The plane hit a fence and then struck several trees just outside the airport, police say.

VSP said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

According to Keith Holloway, public affairs officer with the NTSB, a preliminary report on the crash could be available in about 12 days. A “complete and thorough” investigation could take between 12 and 24 months, he said.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6267 or pdelea@dnronline.com. Follow Pete on Twitter @pdelea_DNR

(1) comment

john brown

17 year olds are allowed to pilot planes with no adult supervision... that interesting

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