Midlothian man injured in Buckingham County plane crash in fair condition

BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va.  (WRIC) – A plane crash in Buckingham County Tuesday afternoon left one person in critical condition and another with minor injuries.

The small plane crashed along Mountain View Lane in Buckingham County just after noon, according to Virginia State Police. Officials say an Aviat A-1C-180 aircraft stalled out, causing it to crash land in a cornfield in the 100 block of Mountain View Lane. The plane had taken off from a private landing strip on Alcoma Road in Buckingham County.

Officials say an Aviat A-1C-180 aircraft stalled out, causing it to crash land in a cornfield in the 100 block of Mountain View Lane. The plane had taken off from a private landing strip on Alcoma Road in Buckingham County.

(Photo: VSP)

The pilot, who has been identified as Justin Knight of Midlothian, was flown to a hospital in Charlottesville with serious injuries. His 11-year-old son was the only passenger and was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

On Wednesday, hospital officials said Knight was in fair condition. Knight is the President and CEO of Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc., which, according to its website, is a publicly traded real estate investment trust.

The company released the following statement to 8News:

“We greatly appreciate the concern for Justin’s well-being and the outpouring of support following yesterday’s accident,” said Glade Knight, Justin’s father and Executive Chairman of Apple Hospitality. “We feel very fortunate that the injuries he sustained were not more serious and we look forward to his full recovery.”

The FAA and NTSB have both been notified, and VSP officials said the crash remains under investigation.

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