Update 12:43 April 22:
Joseph Bryant, 53, of Goldendale, Wash., was identified as the pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed in Leesburg April 22.
Bryant had taken off Saturday morning from the Leesburg Executive Airport for Georgia, according to a release from the Virginia State Police. About an hour into the flight, the weather conditions began to worsen so Bryant turned the one-seater Sonex experimental aircraft around to return to the Leesburg Airport. As he approached the airport, he began to experience engine trouble and landed the aircraft in a field.
The Virginia State Police is responding to a plane crash near Leesburg Executive Airport that occurred the morning of April 22, according to a release.
An aircraft made a crash landing in the vicinity of the Airport at the 19,000 block of Sycolin Road in Leesburg.
The pilot was not injured and the FAA has been notified, according to the VSP. Cause of the crash is under investigation.
“It was a relatively minor incident,” said VSP spokesperson Corinne Geller. “There was no fire, no injuries or anything like that.”
Geller added officials are working to take the plane off the road in a flat bed truck.
Sycolin Road is closed at the Loudoun Center Shopping Plaza as of 10 a.m. April 22 and motorists are asked to avoid the area. Law enforcement officials are on scene to direct traffic.