Preliminary report sheds light on Pittsylvania Co. plane crash

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY (WSLS10) - A sudden loss of power is the suspected cause of a plane crash in Pittsylvania County last month.

The NTSB has released its preliminary report as the investigation continues.

According to the report, an hour into the flight from Charleston, South Carolina to Baltimore, the pilot reported that his directional gyro and altitude indicator stopped working.

He began to divert to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport, but lost power in the right engine as he was passing through Pittsylvania County.

According to the report, he switched fuel tanks and was able to regain power momentarily, but then lost all power shortly after.

The pilot clipped some trees along Long Circle as he attempted to make a forced landing. The reports states that clipping the trees caused the plane to flip and ultimately land upside down along the side of the road.

The pilot suffered minor injuries, but the three passengers on board were not hurt.

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