Airplane crashes Friday night in Louisa County

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Update Monday, April 14, 2014

Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar has confirmed the identities of the two people who were in an airplane when it crashed in Louisa County on Friday night.

The pilot of the 1980 fixed wing single-engine Cessna Stationair U206G was Vester H.  Robison, 60, of Raymond, Miss. and the passenger was his son, Matthew A. Robison, 32, of  Byram, Miss. The men suffered only minor injuries in the crash and were taken to UVA Medical Center.  No additional details have been released at this time.

Update: Saturday, April 12,2014

It’s not everyday you come home to find an airplane in front of your house, but Beverly Coleman of Trevilians is just grateful there were no serious injuries and that her house is intact.

A friend’s sister called Coleman while she was at her son, Dabney’s, track meet at Louisa County High School on Friday night to let her know that an airplane had crashed in the field right in front of her house.

A 1980 fixed wing single-engine Cessna Stationair U206G crash landed approximately 30 to 40 yards in front of the home, located in the 9000 block of Poindexter Rd., at around 7:30 p.m. The pilot and a passenger, who were the only occupants of the plane, experienced minor injuries. Both were transported to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

No one on the ground was injured, and besides the plane, the only other damage was to a flower box and a portion of a fence.

“I hope the people in the plane will be OK,” Coleman said. “I’m thankful nobody’s house caught on fire.”

Based on the preliminary and ongoing investigation, it is believed that the plane may have experienced mechanical failure in the engine, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar. Eyewitnesses at the scene said that neighbors heard the engine sputtering before the crash just west of Byrd Mill Road.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notifed and responded to the crash scene to conduct and continue the investigation into the cause of the crash. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office assisted state police and the FAA  in the ongoing investigation.

Investigators have not released the names or ages of the pilot and passenger, nor where the plane was headed.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.

Update Friday, April 11, 2014:

A  single engine Cessna Stationair crashed at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 within an estimated 40 yards of a home on Poindexter Rd. (Rt. 613) The crash was located about two miles west of Rt. 22 on land reportedly owned by Austin Shumake . State police report that there were two people onboard the aircraft.

A single engine Cessna Stationair 6 crashed into a Louisa County field, approximately 40 yards away from a house on Friday night.

A single engine Cessna Stationair 6 crashed into a Louisa County field, approximately 40 yards away from a house on Friday night.board the aircraft, and they suffered minor injuries.

Eyewitnesses on the scene say that the pilot was walking around after the crash. Both the pilot and passenger, who remain unidentified at this time, were transported to a Charlottesville hospital, according to Sr. Trooper F.B. Ross. It is unknown at this time where the pilot was traveling from or where he was headed.

According to a nearby resident, neighbors heard the plane sputtering before it crashed in front of Beverly Coleman’s home.  State police have not confirmed whether mechanical failure was the cause of the crash.

Coleman said she was not home at the time of the crash, as she was at a Louisa County High School track meet in which her son was participating.  A friend’s sister is the one who contacted her to let her know of the incident.

“I hope the people in the plane will be OK,” Coleman said. “I’m thankful nobody’s house caught on fire.”

State police are on the scene waiting to hear from the Federal Aviation Administration and to oversee the removal of the plane.

Other than the damage to the aircraft, the only damage on the ground was to a flowerbox and a portion of a fence in front of the Colemans’ home.

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The Central Virginian has learned that an airplane has reportedly crashed on Poindexter Road.  Reports were called into the sheriff’s office around 7:30 p.m. We will update you as we learn more.

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