Four friends flying in a small plane headed to Hanover County crashed in Essex County Saturday night, all escaping injury.
The plane lost power and crashed near Tappahannock. One reason the men survived was a parachute deployed which slowed the plane's decent.
Inside the aircraft was pilot Paul Boulden and three of his friends he's known since college.
"Plane full of VMI guys, ex-military guys, you couldn't ask for a better crew for an emergency situation," said Boulden.
Boulden said the plane didn't show any signs of trouble when they took off from Salisbury, Md. The crew said their trust and confidence in each other helped them survive the incident.
"We all had three people with us that we trusted," said Michael Denton.
"Paul took immediate control and is a very competent pilot," said Jerry Manley.
The crew says because of the airplane parachute system, the impact was no more than a fender bender.
The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the crash.
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