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VSP Investigates Airplane Incident in James City County

A plane made an emergency landing at the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport on June 15, 2021 after its engine caught fire midair (Courtesy of Virginia State Police)
A plane made an emergency landing at the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport on June 15, 2021 after its engine caught fire midair (Courtesy of Virginia State Police)

JAMES CITY COUNTY — Virginia State Police (VSP) were called to investigate an incident regarding an airplane making an emergency landing at the the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport.

At approximately 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, an airplane caught fire mid-air in the vicinity of the airport.

The pilot, identified as Robert W. Soderholm III, and a male passenger were traveling back from the Richmond Executive-Chesterfield County Airport when the plane’s 1969 Piper engine caught fire. Soderholm made a successful emergency landing at the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport without incident.

There were no injuries reported. VSP emphasizes that it considers this an occurrence and not a crash.

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