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Christiansburg pilot killed, passenger injured in Middlesex plane crash

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TOPPING, VA (WWBT) -

The pilot of a deadly plane crash in Middlesex has been identified as a Christiansburg man.

Stephen L. Myers died Sunday evening when the plane he was flying went down in the Topping area of the county. A female passenger was flown to Norfolk General Hospital. Officials say she was in critical condition when she left the scene.

The plane crashed just before 5 p.m. in a field at Lockley's Creek Road.

Officials say the plane was taking off from Hummell Field Airport, about a half mile from where it crashed. The owner of the home closest to where the plane went crashed says he pulled the woman from the plane. She was tangled in seatbelts. The man requested not to be named.

Volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene in minutes. Crews stopped the plane from leaking jet fuel.

Gregory Carter says he saw the plane flying overhead, just before it crashed. Carter says he heard the plane making unusual noises, while circling around multiple times in the air.

"It sounded like the airplane wasn't running right... like there was a cylinder or something... It sounded like there was some trouble shooting going on," said Carter.

The crash is still an active Virginia State Police, FAA, and NTSB investigation.

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