Strange plane crashes after flying over Washington DC
The pilot of a business jet that flew over Washington and crashed into a remote part of Virginia on Sunday appeared to be slumped over and unresponsive, fighter jet pilots reported, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the matter.
Federal investigators trudged through rugged terrain Monday in search of wreckage from a business jet to solve the mystery of why the plane veered off course and slammed into a mountain, killing four people.
A day after the plane flew over the nation’s capital, prompting the military to scramble fighter jets, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a brief update that the pilot and three passengers were killed and that the plane was “destroyed” in the crash.
Their identities weren’t immediately released.
The pilot of the business jet that flew over Washington and crashed in Virginia appeared to be slumped over and unresponsive before the crash, the fighter jet pilots reported, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the matter.
The officials were not authorized to discuss details of the military operation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
NTSB investigator Adam Gerhardt told reporters it will take investigators a while to reach the remote crash scene about two to three miles north of Montebello.
They expect to be on the scene for at least three to four days. Investigators had to hike to the site on foot because of the mountainous terrain. Read more.