Federal Aviation Administration

Airplane crashes from King William to Hampton see fatal rise in recent years

Airplane crashes from King William to Hampton see fatal rise in recent years

Almost 25 years after 12 people lost their lives in a plane crash in King and Queen County, there has been an increase in the number of airplane crashes from the rural shores of the Mattaponi River in King and Queen County to the water’s edge in Hampton. That bucks the national trend of fewer aviation accidents.

In the years after the 1995 plane crash, six more people have died and a dozen have been injured in 27 plane crashes in the cities of Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton, and in James City, York, King William, New Kent and King and Queen counties, according to National Transportation Safety Board data.

While airplane crashes are generally rare, they’ve become more...

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