MIDDLESEX, VA (WWBT) - One person has died in a plane crash in Middlesex County, according to Virginia State Police.
Police identified the victim as Gilbert Dennis Gregory. Gregory was the pilot and only occupant of the plane.
Virginia State Police say they received a call around 2:08 p.m. Thursday from a person who says they saw the plane go down.
Alvin Keycr says he was sitting outside his home on Regent Road when he spotted the plane coming down.
"We heard naaa, pat pat, and then the next thing you know... it went boom," he says. "The tail blew up, and then it started gliding and twisting. Then the wings just folded up, and it went down. It almost sounded like a hurricane or something cause the trees were crackling and all that."
The plane had a ballistic-type cylinder that deploys a parachute. However, the parachute did not deploy when the plane crashed. A bomb squad/arson unit was on scene to safely deploy it and detonate it.
The Virginia Forestry Dept. used a bulldozer to get into the woods to locate the plane.
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