Plance Crash at Virginia Highlands Airport – September 13, 2021

At 09:19, Abingdon Fire was alerted to a small plane crash at the Virginia Highlands Airport. Pilot took off from an airport in Ohio and was stopping at Highlands to refuel for his trip. Upon landing, plane veered off the runway, hit an embankment, flipped over, and landed on a new runway under construction. Pilot was trapped inside the aircraft until Airport Personnel and members of the MedFlight Crew were able to raise the tail of the aircraft to free the pilot. He sustained a head injury and was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center by MedFlight. Fuel spill was contained by fire personnel. Chief 201, Asst Chief 211, Battalion 209, Rescue Engine 205, and Utility 210 responded along with units of the Washington County Life Saving Crew and Virginia State Police. Plane was left in the crash position until members of the FFA can investigate.