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UPDATE: Man Killed in Plane Crash Was a Student Pilot & Surgeon at DRMC

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UPDATE 3:15 p.m.:

Danville, VA -  Shawn Etcher, an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, spoke to media Friday afternoon about the fatal plane crash in Danville Thursday night.

He says his team has been gathering information all day, but the investigation process will take a while to complete.

Etcher says the man who died in the plane crash, Dr. Scott Banuelos, was a student pilot. They do not know yet how many hours he had of experience.

He says Banuelos was flying a Pipe Warrior II plane solo when the crash happened.

Officials say as far as they know, the instructor was on the ground watching Banuelos fly the plane.

Members of the NTSB will be on the scene of the crash until tomorrow, when the plane will be loaded and transported to their facilities in Delaware for further analysis.

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UPDATE 2:45 p.m.:

Danville, VA - Sources have confirmed with our reporter that Dr. Scott Banuelos, the man who died in a plane crash Thursday night, was a student pilot.

We will have more updates starting on ABC 13 News at 5. 

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UPDATE 2 p.m.:

Danville, VA - Sources confirm that the person killed in the Danville plane crash Thursday night is Dr. Scott Banuelos.

The CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center released a memo Friday telling staff that Dr. Banuelos had passed away Thursday.

The memo states that Dr. Banuelos was a Duke Medicine physician who joined the DRMC staff in 2012 as a surgeon.

Dr. Banuelos performed cardiothoracic and cardiovascular surgeries at the Danville Heart and Vascular Center. 

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UPDATE 12:15 p.m.:

Danville, VA – Air safety officials will hold a press conference Friday at 3 p.m. regarding the fatal plane crash in Danville Thursday night.

Shawn Etcher, an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, will speak to media at the airport.

Danville Regional Airport is scheduled to open Friday by noon.

We will bring you new information as we get it.

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UPDATE 10:30 a.m.:

Danville, VA - State police are investigating after a Danville man was killed in a small plane crash Thursday night.

Around 7:45 p.m., fire crews were called to Danville Regional Airport where they found a single engine plane that had crashed.

Officials say that plane was coming in for a landing when it hit a tower. That clipped one of the plane's wings, causing the aircraft to crash near the runway.

Police say the plane caught on fire and was destroyed.

Investigators say the pilot, a Danville man, was the only person on board. He died at the scene.

Another person on the ground says she saw a plane flying erratically over the airport just minutes before the crash.

"I said look at that plane, I said it still has its landing gear down but it was coming back up and she said where is it, and I said well you can't see it it's right over top of us, and I said it's circling, I said I wonder if something's wrong," said Teresa McDaniel.

State Police have not released the identikit of the pilot pending an autopsy in Roanoke.

The crash is still under investigation

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UPDATE 3:30 a.m.:

Danville, VA - State police have released more details on the plane crash at Danville Regional Airport Thursday evening.

Officials say as a single engine plane came in for landing just before 8 p.m., the plane made a sharp left turn and hit an ILS tower.  One wing on the plane was clipped, causing the plane to crash near the runway.  The plane was destroyed in a fire.

The pilot, a man from Danville who has yet to be identified, was killed.  His body has been taken to the Medical Examiners office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

We will keep you updated on the latest information as it becomes available.

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UPDATE 11 p.m.:

Danville, VA -  A small plane crashed at Danville Regional Airport Thursday night, killing one person. Around 7:45 p.m., Thursday fire crews were called to the airport where they found a single engine plane that had crashed.

Danville Assistant Fire Chief Steve Dishman held a press conference. He was unable to give a lot of details. But he said they believe the plane crashed while approaching the runway. The identity of the person who died in the crash hasn't been released.

A woman on the ground said she saw a plane flying erratically over the airport just minutes before the crash. "I said look at that plane, I said it still has its landing gear down but it was coming back up and she said where is it, and I said well you can't see it it's right over top of us, and I said it's circling, I said I wonder if something's wrong," said witness Teresa McDaniel.

Virginia State Police is still on the scene here investigating. We'll have more details as they become available.

UPDATE: 9:16 p.m.

Danville, VA -The Danville Fire Department has confirmed one fatality resulting from a "small plane crash" at the Danville Regional Airport.

Danville Police and emergency crews were called to the scene of a plane crash Thursday night.

Assistant Fire Chief Steve Dishman tells ABC 13 News that the plane was attempting to land when it crashed.

ABC 13 has a crew on the scene and we will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

 

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