Teen pilot dies crashing fixed-wing aircraft

Teen pilot dies crashing fixed-wing aircraft
Image credit: Virginia State Police

ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A teenager was killed Sunday in a plane crash in Orange County.

Police say that 16-year-old Ryan Lee McCall was piloting a 1974 Piper, a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft when he crashed in a field east of the Orange Co. airport Sunday morning. Virginia State Police were called to the scene at 9:44 a.m.

McCall, of Spotsylvania, was the only occupant inside the aircraft and died at the scene.

The teen’s trainer says that McCall had flying experience. He says McCall had been flying for more than a year before the crash. He also described the teen as extremely bright and said that McCall always had a smile on his face.

McCall was a sophomore at Riverbend High School.

The plane was owned by William Rushing III of Springfield, according to police.

The cause of the crash hasn’t been determined. State police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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