News Plane Crashes Update News — 22 April 2017

Virginia State Police confirms a small plane crashed in Loudoun County at 9:20 a.m., near the Leesburg airport.

Officials say a one-seater Sonex experimental aircraft made a crash landing in a field near a church on Sycolin Road.

The pilot, Joseph Bryant, 53, of Washington, took off from the Leesburg airport heading for Georgia.

When weather got bad, he turned around to return to the Leesburg airport, but had engine trouble and instead landed in the field.

Bryant was not injured.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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A small plane crashed Saturday morning in the area of Loudoun Center near Leesburg Executive Airport, according to state and local law enforcement.

The crash was reported at 9:20 a.m., according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller.

The pilot, identified as Joseph R. Bryant, 53, of Goldendale, Wash., had flown Saturday morning from the Leesburg Executive Airport, bound for Georgia.

About an hour into the flight, the weather conditions began to worsen so Bryant turned the one-seater Sonex experimental aircraft around to return to the Leesburg, Geller said in a statement.

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