One dead after plane crashes, burns near Chesapeake Regional Airport

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A fatal plane crash happened near the Chesapeake Regional Airport Tuesday morning, according to Virginia State Police.

A preliminary investigation revealed the plane took off from the Chesapeake Regional Airport around 7:30 a.m., going to Farmingdale, New York.

The medical examiner identified the pilot as 57-year-old Jeffrey Howard Comeau of Chesapeake. Comeau was the only occupant, State Police said.

The airplane, which officials said appears to be a single-engine, fixed wing Piper PA-28-140 airplane crashed near the end of the runway.  After impact the airplane caught fire and burned.

Comeau died in the incident, according to State Police.

West Road was closed between Number 10 Lane and Benefit Road while emergency crews responded to the plane crash but it has reopened.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board said there will be a full report on what caused the plane to go down in about 10-15 days.

Photo courtesy: Virginia State Police

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