Police investigate suicide in Spotsylvania plane crash


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SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — Virginia State Police are investigating pilot suicide as a factor in a deadly plane crash Monday night in Spotsylvania County. Police were called to the Shannon Airport just after 6:30 p.m. after a single-engine Cessna 172M airplane flying near the airport made a rapid descent and crashed.

“He was about 2000 feet up and took a nose dive straight into the ground,” said an eyewitness and flight student named “Charlie” who didn’t want to reveal his last name. “I’m just in shock, man.” [READ MORE: Pilot dies in fiery Spotsylvania plane crash]

The pilot, 22-year-old Edwin G. Hassel of Fredericksburg, was killed. Police said Hassel crashed the plane minutes after he rented it from a flight school at the airport.

“It’s too early to talk about a probable cause,” NTSB investigator Dennis Diaz  said Tuesday. “We’re not here to speculate why things happened. We’re…

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