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Five dead, including child, after private jet crashes at Ingalls Field Airport in Hot Springs

Virginia State Police has released an update on a small, private jet crash in Bath County that left five people dead.

We now know that the flight originated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was scheduled to land at Ingalls Field Airport. Those aboard the plane were set to attend an event at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, according to the plane owner’s attorney and family friend.

Police said the Westwind Astra airplane crashed at 3 p.m. Sunday into a wooded area near the 6200 block of Airport Rd. Jeff Ford, chairman of the Bath County Airport Authority told 10 News that there was an emergency on board, prompting the plane to land at Ingalls before it crashed and was fully engulfed in flames.

Police said of the five deaths, one was the pilot, another was the first officer, and the three others were passengers, a man, a woman and a young boy, likely aged 5-7 years old.

At this time, it is unclear whether or not wind was a factor in the crash.

The Bath County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Hot Springs Fire and Rescue, Falling Springs Fire and Rescue, and Clifton Forge Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

We’re told Virginia State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration, and NTSB are investigating the crash.

The remains have been sent to the Virginia Office of the Medical Examiner, Western District for positive identification, authorities said.

The airport is now closed.

We’ll continue to update this breaking news article as we learn more.

Source: WSLS News 10

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