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Two survive plane crash in Stafford County

Photo by Elijah Nouvelage

A Piper Saratoga heading into Stafford Regional Airport crashed at 7 a.m. Sunday in an area three miles southeast of the runway, according to state police. The two men aboard suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The single-engine, fixed-wing plane had lost power, said Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler. 

The plane hit the top of some trees and rolled over several times until it hit a parked bulldozer on farmland that was apparently being cleared for a subdivision, Tyler said.

The pilot, Daniel H. Hoyt, 63, of White Stone had taken off about a half-hour earlier from Hummel Field Airport in Saluda. The plane is owned by his passenger, Alberto Luis Toledo, 51, of Irvington, Tyler said. Toledo is the owner of Total Security Products Corp. in Irvington.

The men were awake and talking when fire and rescue units arrived at the scene off of State Route 676 in the Cranes Corner area of Stafford County, Tyler said.

Fire and rescue units remained on the scene, assisting the Virginia State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration with their investigation, Tyler said.

The crews stabilized the plane, removed both occupants and transported them to Mary Washington Hospital.

Responders were: fire and rescue units from Mountain View, Falmouth, Stafford, Berea and Hartwood, as well as the Fredericksburg Fire Department, Medic 11 in Falmouth, Medic 7 in White Oak, Ambulance 1 in Stafford and the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407