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Plane crashes after take-off from Hummel Field

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Members of the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department work at the crash scene in Topping. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

On Sunday, July 6, at about 4:45 p.m., the “sputtering” sound of an airplane struggling to stay in the air could be heard throughout neighborhoods along Locklies Creek Road, just a short distance from Hummel Field at Topping.

The loud “thump” that followed brought neighbors rushing outside where they discovered a small single-engine 1968 Cessna 150 aircraft had crashed “propeller first” into the ground.

On impact, the crash took the life of the pilot, Stephen L. Myers, 58, of Christiansburg.

The passenger in the plane, Misty Dawn McIntyre, 48, of Newport, was med-flighted to a Norfolk hospital with serious injuries. She died of her injuries on Monday, said State Police spokesperson Sergeant M. Anaya.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and State Police are investigating the crash.

The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the crash scene.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.09.2014

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