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John Morton Jr. and Kyle Morton killed in Spotsylvania County plane crash

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(AP, WJLA) - Police say a father and his son have died in the weekend crash of a single-engine plane in Virginia's Spotsylvania County.

Virginia State Police say the Cessna 150M had just taken off from Shannon Airport on Saturday evening when it plummeted to the ground, striking a tree. The plane fell in a mobile home park but no homes were hit and no one on the ground was hurt.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a release that 48-year-old John B. Morton Jr. and his 13-year-old son Kyle J. Morton, of Stafford, died. She said the father was conducting takeoffs and landings at the airport, which only serves small plans and no commercial flights.

Stafford County schools spokesperson Valerie Cottongim says Kyle attended Dixon-Smith Middle School in Fredericksburg. School counselors, psychologists and nurses will be available to meet with students and staff at the school on Monday, Cottongim says. 

Police said federal authorities are investigating at the site about 75 miles southwest of Washington.

 

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