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Plane Lands in WaWa Parking Lot in Fredericksburg Va
Free Lance - Star (Fredericksburg Va) ^ | 12 August 2013 | Free Lance - Star (Fredericksburg Va)

Posted on 08/12/2013 8:36:10 AM PDT by mbarker12474

August 12th, 2013, 6:22 am Plane lands in Wawa parking lot near Shannon Airport

Photo by Dave Ellis

UPDATE: Police have identified the pilot in Monday morning’s crash landing at Shannon Airport as Jerome Matthew Orlando, a 33-year-old from Broadway, Va., the same area of the company that owns the plane, according to records.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler said Orlando flew out of Tampa, Fla., and was headed to Charlottesville, but was diverted because of the weather. There was a thick fog in the area this morning, even where the crash happened.

The plane was supposed to go to Stafford Regional Airport, but Orlando tried to land at Shannon Airport because he was low on fuel, said Tyler. Police didn’t say why Orlando landed the plane about 100 yards from the airport runway.

Orlando was not injured in the crash landing.

State police Trooper B. Dunn conducted the initial investigation. Federal Aviation Administration investigators will take over the case once they arrive at the scene.

UPDATE: The Virginia State Police aren’t saying what caused the “emergency landing” that left a 1968 Piper airplane in a grass island next to the Wawa convenience store off of Routes 2 and 17 in Spotsylvania at 5:50 a.m. Monday. They said the pilot was not injured. They have not yet released his name.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the investigation is ongoing.

Tire tracks could be seen in a field between Shannon Airport hangers and two buildings, one of which is the Rappahannock United Way next to Wawa. The plane careened through the United Way parking lot, knocking off the top of a mailbox, jumped over a ditch, skidded through a paved entry/exit to Wawa and ended up in the grass island near the two-lane road, where a steady stream of traffic passed the scene this morning.

The pilot somehow dodged light poles and trees in the crash landing. But he missed the airport runway by about a hundred yards. Frank Hammon of WFLS News reportsthat the pilot forgot to fuel his plane before taking off.

United Way employees showed up for work at about 8 a.m. to find the damaged mailbox in the parking lot and the plane still resting in the grass nearby. Like many of Wawa’s customers, they gawked at the scene and snapped pictures with their cell phones.

Sarah Walsh has been with United Way for nine years. She said in the past things had been safe, but in “the last year we’ve seen a few accidents.”

It’s made her “a little nervous.”

Monday’s incident is the third plane crash at Shannon since September. The other two crashes were fatal.

On Sept. 29, 2012, Stafford County residents John Morton Jr., 48, and his 13-year-old son, Kyle, died when the Cessna they were in plummeted into the ground in the River Heights mobile-home park near the airport. The National Transportation Safety Board investigation found that pilot error caused the crash, noting that John Morton had alcohol in his system.

Edwin G. Hassel, a 22-year-old Spotsylvania resident, died in a crash at the airport last month. Initial reports indicated that Hassel had threatened suicide before the single-engine Cessna slammed into the ground and burst into flames next to the runway on July 22.

According to The Free Lance–Star’s archives, the other most recent fatal crash at Shannon Airport happened in 2006.

According to records, the plane in Monday’s crash is owned by Virginia Aircraft Rentals in Broadway, Va.

Along with the state police, the NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate Monday’s crash.

ORIGINAL POST

Authorities are investigating the landing of an airplane in the parking lot of a Wawa store near Shannon Airport.

Frank Hammon of WFLS News reports that the pilot forgot to fuel his plane before taking off.

“The pilot was leaving Shannon Airport south of Fredericksburg when he realized his mistake and put the aircraft down in the parking lot of a nearby Wawa store on Tidewater Trail,” Hammon reports.

No injuries were reported.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: airplane; crash; plane; wawa
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1 posted on 08/12/2013 8:36:10 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: mbarker12474
...said Orlando flew out of Tampa, Fla. ...

"Who's on first..."

2 posted on 08/12/2013 8:38:55 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

Clean up on aisle 6...


3 posted on 08/12/2013 8:40:31 AM PDT by llevrok ("It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words....." - Geo. Orwell)
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To: mbarker12474

sadly we cant see the OBAMA sticker on the plane due to the fog cover


4 posted on 08/12/2013 8:40:44 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: mbarker12474

Forgot to fuel the plane, oh boy.


5 posted on 08/12/2013 8:43:46 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: mbarker12474
Plane Lands in WaWa Parking Lot

Baba WAWA could not be reached for comment....
...oh wait, yes she has. consider this non sequitur
a comment


6 posted on 08/12/2013 8:44:00 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

I see these places in PA when I go there. Worst name EVER.


7 posted on 08/12/2013 8:46:55 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: mbarker12474
Plane Lands in WaWa Parking Lot
She has her own parking lot?
8 posted on 08/12/2013 8:47:17 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: mbarker12474

the wheels are no where to be seen and there is a mailbox post shaped dent in the left wing...

all things considered a good landing...he walked away.


9 posted on 08/12/2013 8:48:09 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: bmwcyle

✔ Pre-flight checklist, genius.


10 posted on 08/12/2013 8:51:18 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: TheRhinelander

Wa-wa
You made me such a big star
Being there at the right time
Cheaper than a dime
Wa-wa, you’ve given me your wa-wa, wa-wa

George Harrison


11 posted on 08/12/2013 8:51:29 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: llevrok
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N4969J/history/20130812/1940Z/EDWB/KRMN

Hmmmm..."how can you be in two places at once, when you're not anywhere at all?"

12 posted on 08/12/2013 8:56:12 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: carriage_hill
✔ Pre-flight checklist, genius.

a guy who flys out of a local airport around here has come in with his gear up on 2 occasions, bellying in.

the tower at the airport requires him to now do flybys with the wheels down before they let him land there.

13 posted on 08/12/2013 8:56:13 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

LOL!!! Surprised it took six posts.


14 posted on 08/12/2013 8:57:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Vaquero

Good idea! Much easier on the plane. LOL.


15 posted on 08/12/2013 8:58:04 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: RckyRaCoCo
...”how can you be in two places at once, when you're not anywhere at all?”

Betty Jo Beloski? Audrey Faber? but everyone knew her as Nancy.

16 posted on 08/12/2013 8:58:09 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: mbarker12474
"...the same area of the company that owns the plane, according to records."

"There was a thick fog in the area this morning, even where the crash happened."

Huh?


17 posted on 08/12/2013 9:00:16 AM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

“Inferior people should not be employed.” Nick Danger


18 posted on 08/12/2013 9:03:44 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Bet his airframe collision coverage is mighty expensive.

Also would be surprised if his license hadn’t been at least suspended by the FAA.


19 posted on 08/12/2013 9:04:49 AM PDT by steve86 (despairing but what can I do)
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To: Vaquero

regnaD kciN?


20 posted on 08/12/2013 9:05:40 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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