Police ID pilot, passenger injured in Moneta plane crash

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MONETA, Va. (AP) _ Police have identified two people who were injured in the crash of a small plane in Moneta. Virginia State Police say the pilot, Jeremiah Anthony Kelner, and a passenger, Victoria Mallett, remain hospitalized. The single-engine Cessna crashed and caught fire on Sunday afternoon about a quarter-mile from the Smith Mountain Lake Airport. Airport manager Mike Matt has said the pilot was trying to land when the crash occurred. State police Sgt. Michael Bailey tells The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1JbqD7P ) that a preliminary analysis indicates the pilot lost power as he tried to gain altitude after overshooting the runway. The plane then hit trees.

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