NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal plane crash at Virginia International Raceway

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WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report regarding the crash of a small plane at Virginia International Raceway on Sept. 19.

The crash happened last Friday evening near the south course at VIR. A pilot and passenger were both killed in the crash.

The plane, an experimental North American T-28C, N531KG, “was substantially damaged when it impacted a kudzu field, while performing low-level aerobatics near Alton, Virginia,” the report said.

“The accident airplane … performed a low pass over the area, reversed direction, and initiated a barrel roll during the second low pass,” the report said of the moments leading up to the crash. “[A] witness added that the airplane started to climb before the barrel roll, but it wasn’t enough and he knew the airplane would not have enough altitude to complete the maneuver.”

The plane collided with trees and terrain. A post-crash fire also ensued.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and airplane multiengine land.

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