News Bulletin : LOCATED – Plane Crash Near St. Mary’s Wilderness Area (Updated 6:50 AM 6.5.23)


St. Mary’s Wilderness Area
Near Rockbridge/Augusta County Line

By Tommy Stafford

6.4.23 8:03 PM
Ground crews have made it to scene of the plane crash.

6.4.23 7:50 PM
Virginia State Police helicopter pilots are trying to direct ground crews into the crash scene. It will take a lot of time. Very remote. Very overgrown.

6.4.23 7:44 PM
Here’s what we know as of this hour. The plane crash site has been located by aerial crews. It is very remote. Generally speaking it is near the St. Mary’s Wilderness Area Swimming Hole. Ground crew with Augusta Rescue and other agencies say they can see smoke and some fire where the crash site is.

More detailed updates coming, meanwhile watch our Facebook updates below. 6:17 PM (Tommy)

From VSP: 3:50 PM

“At 3:50 p.m., Virginia State Police was notified of a possible aircraft crash in the Staunton/Blue Ridge Parkway region. Search efforts are still underway by state and local law enforcement. Nothing has been located at this time. State police is unable to fly the area due to fog and low clouds within the mountains.

Corinne Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police


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