JAMES CITY COUNTY -- A couple died in a plane crash in James City County Friday afternoon.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said pilot Joseph D. Brown, IV and his wife, Susan, were on the single-engine Cessna 210 that crashed on Boatwright Circle in the Williamsburg Landing Retirement Community. Their dog also died in the crash.
Brown was a major general in the United States Air Force. He served as Commandant of The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
The Air Forces Web site says "the college prepares selected military officers and civilians from the Department of Defense, government agencies, more than 20 foreign countries, and the private sector for senior leadership positions. The college awards its graduates a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy."
Brown graduated from Virginia Military Institute. Prior to being based at Fort McNair, he was in Nebraska.
His plane was inbound to land at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport. The cause of the crash is under investigation. State police say the FAA responded to the scene Friday evening and the NTSB will arrive on scene Saturday morning. State police have secured the scene and remain at the crash site overnight.
No one on the ground was injured. No buildings were damaged in the crash, but the plane came close to hitting houses in the retirement community.
"Another 50 feet, and they would have been in my bedroom," Bruce Ward told 13News. "The fellow next door came knocking on our door, and he says, 'You got a fire extinguisher? There's a plane just crashed next to your house.'"