Two NC people killed in Virginia plane crash: Officials



Two people from North Carolina were killed in a plane crash in Suffolk, Virginia, officials said.

Screenshot from WTKR’s Facebook post

Two people from North Carolina have died in a plane crash that sparked a wildfire in Virginia, officials said.

A small plane crashed at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in Suffolk, Virginia, with at least two people on board, the Federal Aviation Administration said in an email to McClatchy News. An airplane carrying an official said to WTKR was a Piper PA-28, was “completely engulfed in flames,” the Virginia State Police said in a news release.

Two people were killed in the crash, Virginia State Police said. They were identified as 54-year-old Christian Rusk Fauschal and 53-year-old Eric John Bergevin. Virginia State Police did not say where the two are from in North Carolina.

The fire started as a result of an accident spread over “a large area of ​​bushes and trees” and spread rapidly, threatening nearby homes, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said in a Facebook post.

“The fire is spreading to approximately 35 hectares of open field and woodland,” Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said on Saturday afternoon. “All affected residents were safely evacuated.”

Just after 3:45 p.m. Saturday, firefighters said the fire was under control.

Authorities are investigating the crash. Virginia State Police said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were scheduled to arrive at the scene on Sunday, January 8. As of midday Sunday, January 8, no other information was available, including what may have caused the crash.

Suffolk is near the North Carolina state line, about 40 miles southwest of Virginia Beach.

This story was originally published January 8, 2023 at 3:53 p.m.

Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering North and South Carolina news in real time. She earned a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Two NC people killed in Virginia plane crash: Officials

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