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Friend of Pilot Speaks

By Diane Walker - bio | email
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LOUISA, VA (WWBT) – Earlier today, a personal friend of the deceased pilot, sent me an e-mail and we talked on the phone before he sat down to tell us -- about the guy he says everyone would have been proud of to have as a friend. We are not releasing his name, until police confirm all his family has been notified. 

"I knew the guy...and the guy that I knew, what a good guy he was," said Greg Walls friend of deceased pilot. 

Greg Walls says his friend was a seasoned pilot who had flown gubernatorial candidates around Virginia. Watching news accounts today was especially difficult. They knew each other through officiating games for the State Division Three Conference. 

"For me it's kind of sobering because he was headed to an assignment that I gave him," Walls said. 

Start in Manassas at the regional airport --- fly down to Louisa County, then on to Danville where he was suppose land. Today, the pilot landed his 1981 Cessna around 11:47 a.m. He refueled in Louisa before flying to Danville to umpire a college baseball game at Averett University. His plane slammed into a house, and burst into flames setting the house on fire soon after leaving the Louisa Airport. Greg had flown with him many times on the same basic route. 

"He picked me up at the Chesterfield airport. Left Louisa and we flew right into the airport that he was headed to today," Walls said. "I'm kind of in shock that's all. He's a super guy. Just a guy that everybody would have been proud to have as a friend." 

Greg says he reached out because he felt it was important to get it out there, the kind of guy his friend was. 

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