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Updated: Lynchburg Man Owns Plane that Crashed in Altavista

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Update: 6:45 p.m. Saturday

Altavista, VA – Virginia State Police and investigators with the NTSB and FAA are still trying to determine the cause of a plane crash that killed one person Friday night in a remote area of Altavista.      

Investigators say visibility at the time was three miles in the area, they have not ruled out whether weather played a role.  It could be 9-12 months for the NTSB's official report. 

According to FAA records, the Cessna 210D is registered to Robert H. Di Giulio of Lynchburg. 

Police have not officially identified the person killed in the crash but a spokesperson for the FAA says the plane was headed to Lynchburg from Winchester. 

Around 9:45 Friday night State Police say it missed its first approach at the Lynchburg Regional Airport and was circling around for a second time when the control tower lost sight of it.

Ralph Hicks, the lead investigator for the NTSB said the plane hit several trees before resting against a rock wall in English Park about 20 miles away from the airport.

"The wings were torn off, parts of the tail were torn off during the impact," he said.

Based on the wreckage Hicks predicts the pilot died on impact.

The body has been taken to the Medical Examiner's office and is expected to be identified Monday. 

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Update: 10:15 a.m. Saturday

Altavista, VA - Virginia State Police say the pilot who crashed his plane Friday night near Altavista is believed to be a male from the Central Virginia area.  A police spokesperson says the body is at the Medical Examiner's office and Monday is the soonest we could know its identity.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB are expected to back at the crash site Saturday to investigate.

According to police spokesperson Corinne Gellar the plane went down 50 yards off a gravel road near Riverside Park around 10:00 p.m. Friday.

Stay tuned with WSET for more information on this developing story.

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Reporter: Mark Kelly l Photojournalist: Sally Delta

Update: 2:15 a.m. Saturday

Altavista, VA - Virginia State Police confirm that the pilot in the Altavista plane crash has died, and there were no passengers on board.

The pilot's body is being taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke.

State Police say the two-passenger plane planned on landing at Lynchburg Regional Airport. But, the plane could not make its first approach. State Police say the control tower then redirected the plane for a second approach, before losing sight of the plane entirely.

The plane crashed in to a patch of trees near Riverside Park in Altavista.

NTSB has been contacted and the FAA will start its investigation Saturday morning. 

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10:30 p.m. Friday

Altavista, VA - The Campbell County Sheriff's office confirmed witness reports that a small plane crashed in Altavista Friday night.

But, officials could not confirm if there were passengers on the plane or if there were any fatalities.

As of 11:50 PM Friday night, State Police had the scene sealed off as they did an investigation. FAA is expected Saturday morning to continue the investigation.

Campbell County officials say the plane crashed in a field alongside Staunton River near the Pittsylvania County line on the Campbell County side.

Fire and emergency workers set up a staging area near the Booker building in Altavista. That's more than a mile from the remote location where the plane went down.

Residents from Hurt, Altavista and surrounding communities parked their cars near the staging area to see what happened. Several said they heard about a plane crash on Facebook and came out to see if it was true.

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