A flight instructor involved in Friday morning’s plane crash in New Kent County has died.
Virginia State Police identified the victim as Andrew M. Jones, 38, of Richmond. Police said Jones was taken to VCU Medical Center following the crash and succumbed to his injures later Friday.
The incident happened at about 11:05 a.m. when a two-seater, single-engine Tecnam fixed-wing aircraft was conducting instructional “touch-and-go” maneuvers at the New Kent County Airport. Police said the plane crashed in a field off Liberty Hall Road after experiencing engine trouble.
The student pilot, a 67-year-old New Kent man, was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
New Kent resident Chris Harris was leaving his home when he found his driveway blocked by the crash. Harris said Jones appeared to have been severely injured by a piece of a fence damaged in the crash.
“The first words we heard was, ‘Back up, the plane might blow up,’ ” Harris said.
Authorities sprayed a foam fire suppressant over the plane and fuel that had leaked onto the ground.
Harris said it appeared the plane attempted to avoid hitting some power lines while trying to land when its front tire clipped the fence, making the plane spin into the back of the fence.
State police are still investigating the crash, along with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to a 2016 article in the Tidewater Review, Jones was a cargo pilot for ACF Environmental and operated the New Kent Flight Center, which opened in July 2016. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.