Plane crashes off runway near Virginia airport

FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) — Crews responded to an airplane crash that happened Saturday afternoon off the runway in a field near Franklin Municipal-John Beverly Rose Airport.

State police dispatchers were alerted to the crash around 12:30 p.m.

Captain Timothy Whitt with Franklin Police tells 10 On Your Side a small private plane took off from the airport, experienced engine troubles and immediately tried to turn around but did not make it back to the airport.

Whitt says two people were on board the plane when it crashed.

Virginia State Police say the aircraft was roughly 100 yards in the woods, leaking fuel.

One person was taken to Southampton Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Virginia State Police are investigating the incident.

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