Small plane crashes onto Highland Springs H.S. baseball field

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — No one was injured after a small plane made a crash-landing onto the baseball field at Highland Springs High School in Henrico County Wednesday afternoon.

According to Virginia State Police, a single-engine Cessna 180 was en route to Richmond International Airport and had clearance to land when it sustained engine failure.

At around 1:20 p.m., the aircraft attempted to make a crash landing near Highland Springs High School. As it made its descent, investigators say the plane clipped a set of power lines, which caused a large power outage in the area.

PHOTOS: Plane crash-lands onto Highland Springs H.S. baseball field

There were no reported injuries.

The pilot, a 55-year-old man from Ontario, Canada, was the plane’s only occupant. 

Henrico Schools later tweeted an update saying the power at Highland Springs High School had been restored and that after-school activities were canceled The tweet also said that all schools that were impacted will open on time on Thursday. 

The crash also knocked out power to roughly 5,500 residents in the area. Most of the outages have been restored.

No one was injured after a small plane made a crash-landing onto the baseball field at Highland Springs High School in Henrico County Wednesday afternoon.

The incident did not disrupt dismissal at Highland Springs H.S., but did briefly place the school on lockdown as students were relocated away from the commotion.

“The lights just cut off,” one student, Xavier Wilson, told 8News. “I’m thankful no one was hurt.”

Andy Jenks, spokesperson for Henrico County Public Schools, added, “Whatever skill or luck went in to the landing taking place on that wide open field, under the circumstances, I think that’s pretty incredible.”

WATCH LIVE: Kristin Smith reports live from the scene

 

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