The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will be investigating Monday's midair plane crash because the two planes involved are registered to federal employees.
The National Transportation Safety Board said today that the midair crash happened at about 4:21 p.m. A Piper PA-28, owned by Thomas R. Proven, 70, of Broad Run, and a Beechcraft BE-35 collided about five miles from the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Sumerduck, which is about 30 miles north of Fredericksburg.
. The BE-35 crashed in a wooded area and the plane caught on fire, killing both the pilot and passenger. Their identities have not been released. The Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is responsible for making the proper identifications and death notifications, the NTSB said.
Proven is an FAA employee, according to the NTSB. The BE-35 is registered to James M. and Candace H. Duncan of Eagle Ridge Drive in Bethesda, Md., but it is not clear if they were in the plane at the time of the crash. One of the Duncans is an NTSB employee.
NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman consulted with FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta and they decided to ask the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to conduct the investigation.
"This accident hits especially close to home, with the involvement of an NTSB employee," Hersman said. "I'm grateful to TSB-Canada Chair Wendy Tadros for agreeing to conduct the investigation and the NTSB stands ready to support and assist them in any way we can."
NTSB investigator Paul Cox will serve as the NTSB's Accredited Representative to the TSB investigation. Chris Krepski, a media spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said it has sent three investigators to the scene in southern Fauquier County.