Two Small Planes In Mid-Air Crash Over Virginia Were Registered To FAA And NTSB Employees

May 29, 2012

VIRGINIA – Investigators learned that the planes involved in Monday afternoon’s mid-air crash in Fauquier County were registered to employees of the FAA and the NTSB.

Two people died after two small planes collided about 4 p.m. and then crashed to the ground about a mile apart from each other in southern Fauquier County.

A Beechcraft BE-35 registered to an NTSB employee caught fire when it hit the ground. The pilot and passenger died, but it’s unknown if either was the owner of the plane. They have not been identified.

The pilot and owner of the second plane — a 1965 Piper PA-28 — was an FAA employee identified as 70-year-old Thomas R. Provin, of Broad Run, Va. He was taken to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. He remained hospitalized Tuesday but there’s no word on his condition.

Because the planes were owned and/or operated by FAA and NTSB employees, NTSB, after consulting with the FAA, requested the Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigate the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police received several calls from people in the area at the time of the crash.

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