WARRENTON, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The pilot who died in a mid-air collision with another plane over Fauquier County on Memorial Day has been identified as 60-year-old James M. Duncan of Bethesda, Md.
The passenger of the plane, who also died in the fatal crash, has been identified as 57-year-old Paul Gardella, Jr. of Burke, Va.
Duncan was piloting a six-seat Beechcraft BE-25.
The pilot of the other plane — a Piper PA-28 — is an employee of the Federal Aviation Administration. Thomas Proven, 70, was listed in good condition Tuesday at Mary Washington Healthcare after surviving the crash.
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman and FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta requested that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada conduct this investigation since employees from their agencies were involved.State and federal officials say the two small, private planes collide about five miles from Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Sumerduck on Monday. The Piper PA-28 flown by Proven landed in a field. The other plane caught fire and crashed into a wooded area.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the planes went down about a mile apart, and debris was scattered between the two crash sites.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said Proven’s plane appeared to be headed to the Warrenton-Fauquier airport. State police said the plane departed from Culpeper Regional Airport. Officials have not given details of the other plane’s flight plan.
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