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Tragedy in Virginia as 5 individuals, including a young person, lose their lives in a plane accident, according to authorities

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A small plane crashed in a forest near the border of Virginia on Sunday, catching fire and causing the death of all five people on board, including a young person, as per authorities.

The IAI Astra 1125, a plane with two engines, crashed close to Ingalls Field Airport in Hot Springs, Virginia, around 3 p.m. ET, according to information from the Federal Aviation Administration to CNN.

The flight started in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to the Virginia State Police in an update on Monday. The state police mentioned, “The people on board were going to an event at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, as confirmed by the plane owner’s lawyer and family friend.”

Hot Springs is near the border of Virginia and West Virginia, approximately 160 miles northwest of Richmond.

“The plane was having trouble during its landing, hitting the trees and then the hillside,” stated the police.

“At this moment, it seems there were four adults and one young person on the plane. All five, including the pilot, lost their lives at the crash site,” said Corinne Geller, a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, in a news release obtained by CNN affiliate WSLS on Sunday.

The investigation is being carried out by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, with the NTSB leading the inquiry, as stated by the FAA.

The remains have been sent to the Virginia Office of the Medical Examiner for identification, according to the police. CNN has contacted the medical examiner’s office and Ingalls Field Airport for additional details.

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