A small aircraft crashes in fog at Virginia botanical garden

An aircraft crashed into an abutting botanical garden, killing three people inside the plane on Wednesday. A small aircraft approaching a runway in heavy fog.


The 1975 Mooney aircraft was piloted by a friend, Michael Buxton of Portsmouth,Virginia said plane’s owner James Beauchamp of Corapeake, North Carolina.


“We would not know if someone is coming,” he said. He also said , there are instrument approaches for landing, but they are under the control of the Norfolk tower.


James Beauchamp told the plane was in good mechanical condition and called Buxton “a very conscientious, qualified pilot”. The aircraft’s FAA licence was issued in 2010 and was good through 2018.


Police blocked the entrance to the garden. The garden is a popular attraction, with 350,000 guests a year, according to the city – is closed until further notice.