Pilot reported engine power loss before crash
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) - Federal investigators say a pilot reported losing engine power before a small plane crashed in Virginia.
Fifty-year-old Brian Forrest Hall of Pittsburgh was the only person on the single-engine plane when it crashed Sunday in the George Washington National Forest near the Augusta-Rockingham County line.
The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the crash Wednesday.
According to the report, Hall declared an emergency two minutes after telling an air traffic controller that the plane was climbing from 9,000 feet to 10,500 feet. Hall said the plane's engine lost power.
When given vectors to Bridgewater Airpark, Hall said there was a ridgeline that the plane couldn't clear.
State police say the plane was traveling from Wilmington, N.C., to the Harrisonburg area when it crashed.