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Plane nose-dives in Tappahannock

Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 9:23 am

At 4:23 a.m. Monday, August 19, Virginia State Police were alerted to a distress call from a pilot. Search efforts were immediately underway to locate a crashed plane.

At approximately 6:13 a.m., the 2006 Cirrus SR-22 was located in a swampy area near the Tappahannock-Essex County Airport. It had crashed nose-down into a heavily-wooded ravine in the swamp, which posed additional challenges to rescue crews trying to safely reach the aircraft.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., the pilot, William D. Boswell IV, 25, of North Chesterfield, was flown to VCU Medical Center where he is still being treated for life-threatening injuries. Boswell was the plane’s only occupant.

The FAA and NTSB were notified and are investigating the cause of the crash.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Essex County Fire/EMS, Henrico County Fire, and King & Queen County Fire assisted at the scene.  The Fire Service blazed a trail for easier access to scene. VDOT assisted with providing equipment.