Small plane crashes, catches fire near Smith Mountain Lake; 2 injured

(WDBJ7 photo)

(WDBJ7 photo)

MONETA, Va. (AP) _ Police say two people were taken to hospitals after a single-engine Cessna crashed and caught fire in Moneta. State Police Sgt. Richard C. Garletts says the plane crashed Sunday afternoon about a quarter-mile from the Smith Mountain Lake Airport. Two people were airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. One of them was later flown to Wake Forest for burn treatment. Their names were not immediately released. The pilot sheared the tops off a few trees but was able to avoid power lines and structures in a lakeside subdivision. Airport manager Mike Matt said the pilot was trying to land when the crash occurred. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified.

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