70-Year-Old Thomas Proven Survives Mid-Air Plane Collision Over Fauquier County
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WARRENTON, Va. (CBSDC) — Virginia State Police have identified the survivor of Monday’s mid-air plane crash as Thomas R. Proven of Broad Run, Va.
The 70-year-old was flying a 1965 Piper PA28140 when he collided with what is believed to be a six-seat plane over Fauquier County shortly after 4 p.m. He was taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.
Proven was bleeding profusely as he emerged from the crash with a mangled nose according to an eye-witness who spoke with All-News 99.1 WNEW’s Kevin Patrick.
Two people in the plane that collided with Proven’s were killed in the crash. That plane is believed to have caught fire after the impact.
The names of the deceased are being withheld until a coroner is able to confirm their identities.
Following the collision, the planes crashed to the ground roughly one mile apart, scattering debris along the way.
“They looked like they were going to do an aerial,” Debbi Underwood, who witnessed the crash, told The Free Lance Star. Underwood said she often sees small planes performing stunts for the nearby Flying Circus.
Police and officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) returned to the scene of the plane crash on Tuesday to investigate the cause of the fatal mid-air collision.