State police ID pilot killed in crash near Chesapeake airport

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The National Transportation Safety Board is now leading the investigation into a fatal plane crash Tuesday morning near the Chesapeake Regional Airport. 

Spokesperson Adam Gerhardt says his team will be working with the manufacturers of the airplane and the engine over the next two days to piece everything together. 

“We’re not just here to figure out what happened but why it happened to prevent similar accidents from happening again in the future,” said Gerhardt. 

The crash was reported around 7:30 a.m., according to Virginia State Police. Authorities say the pilot was the only person in the airplane.

State police identified the man a week later as 57-year-old Jeffrey Howard Comeau, of Chesapeake.

Anaya said the single-engine, fixed-wing plane crashed in a field less than half a mile from the end of a runway. The plane caught fire after impact.

Gerhardt says it’s still unclear how long the plane was in the air. He says the plane did not have any cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder but other electronics on board could help investigators retrieve information. 

The pilot never communicated any kind of emergency with air traffic control, Gerhardt says. 

“It would be routine for the pilot to check in with air traffic control and we don’t have any record at this time that the pilot checked in,” he said. 

The plane was bound for Farmingdale, New York, before it crashed. Flight records show the pilot flew from New York to Chesapeake on May 15.

A medical examiner is working to identify the pilot.

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