By Tara Morgan - bio | email
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LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - In the aftermath of this tragedy, it may be hard to imagine the scope of the fire. This has been an understandably difficult time for residents in this normally quiet town. Police have opened up the road now and people are able to pass by what's drawn so many onlookers today.
Some of the people we talked to heard the explosion and had to see for themselves firsthand what had happened. Late Thursday afternoon, a coroner pulled away with the remains that were pulled from the wreckage. Hours earlier "B" Smith had come up the road. She couldn't believe her eyes.
"I was looking toward the airport way and the woods are there and I could see all this black smoke," said Smith.
The Louisa County Airport is less than three miles away.
"I don't think the police had gotten here and all of a sudden I could see a house was on fire and the back end of a small plane," she said.
Within minutes, police blocked off the road. That didn't stop onlookers from gathering behind the yellow tape, snapping photos with cell phones and cameras.
"We heard the plane go by and we heard the kaboom and we knew what it was," said Jimmy Richards.
"I just feel really bad for the gentleman in the plane I can't imagine going down and thinking this is it," Jacqueline Spicer said.
Smith says her thoughts are with the pilot's family and the man who lived here. She says she just passed by the home this morning.
"It's hard to think something like that could happen that quick be there at 8:30 in the morning and then up in flames," Smith said.
The body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Richmond. Police will not release the identity until they get confirmation from the ME.