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.