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Plane crash in Louisa being investigated

A small plane that was part of an airshow crashed at Louisa County Airport shortly after 11 a.m. today after its brakes malfunctioned, according to Virginia State Police.

The two occupants of the 1929 fixed-wing, single-engine plane were not injured.

The pilot was attempting to land when the plane ran off the runway to the left, struck an embankment and overturned, state police Sgt. Thomas Molnar said. The aircraft came to rest on its cockpit.

The pilot was Bryon Stewart, 53, of Warrenton. His passenger was a 17-year-old girl from Brandy Station.

Molnar said the plane was part of the Louisa County Airshow. Attendees could pay for plane rides before and after the show.

 State police are continuing to investigate the incident. The Federal Aviation Administration was also at the scene of the crash.

The incident comes less than a month after a small plane crashed at a Wawa near Shannon Airport. The pilot, who was not injured, was attempting an emergency landing at the Spotsylvania County airport because his Piper was running out of gas. You can read about that incident here.

And in July, a 22-year-old Spotsylvania man died in a plane crash at Shannon Airport. 

Initial reports indicated that the man had threatened suicide before the single-engine Cessna slammed into the ground and burst into flames next to the runway.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating that crash, which you can read about here.