UPDATE: Officials ID Pilot of Fatal Plane Crash in Albemarle Co.

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December 18, 2013


The investigation continues into what caused a small plane to crash into the yard of an Albemarle County home, killing its pilot.

Virginia State Police say 52-year-old Gregory Voit of New Jersey died upon impact in the crash.

"The plane struck some trees and then struck the hillside in front of the house," said Sgt. Gregory Miller of Virginia State Police.

The crash happened around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Preddy Creek Road near the intersection with Watts Passage.

"The pilot was coming to visit his son. The rest of the family I understand is in New Jersey," Miller said.

The plane landed just yards away from the home on Preddy Creek Road. No one was in the house at the time of the crash.

Officials at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport confirmed that they received a distress call from the pilot shortly before the crash. They cleared a runway for an emergency landing, but the plane never made it.

"He did radio the tower that he was having some difficulties," Miller said. "The tower responded with what the tower's supposed to respond with, and my understanding is there was no further contact."

Local and state authorities remained on scene for most of the day, with a number of rescue squads and fire companies responding to the scene. The Pegasus medical helicopter arrived shortly before noon, but left about a half-hour later without a patient.

Voit's body was taken directly to the medical examiner.

The FAA and NTSB are both investigating the crash. The pilot claimed in his distress calls that he was having engine trouble.


Virginia State Police say a pilot was killed following a small plane crash in Albemarle County.

The crash occurred shortly after 11:00 a.m. Wednesday a residential section near Route 29.

The six-seater, single-engine Beechcraft crashed landed in the front yard of a house on Preddy Creek Road.

The pilot has been identified as 52-year-old Gregory A. Voit of Northfield, New Jersey.

Virginia State Police say Voit died at the scene.

The aircraft had left Woodbine Airport in New Jersey and was to land at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO).

Officials say the cause of the crash remains under investigation. Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.

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