A 1975 Mooney aircraft crashed into the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia, early on March 4.
According to the aircraft’s owner James Beauchamp of Corapeake, North Carolina, the accident happened when his friend Michael Buxton of Portsmouth, Virginia, was returning from Key West, Florida, along with 2 other people.
The plane was scheduled to land at Suffolk Executive Airport, however, on reaching the airport, the pilot diverted it to Norfolk International Airport. According to Norfolk Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Julian Williamson, “At approximately 1.5 miles out, the pilot made a transmission to the tower. This would be the last communication the tower had with the pilot.”
All three people aboard were killed in the accident.
The cause of accident is being investigated.