Plane that left Dayton crashed in Virginia

Plane took off in Dayton, crashed in Virginia (Photo/NBC News)
Plane took off in Dayton, crashed in Virginia (Photo/NBC News)

FANCY GAP, Va. (AP) – Police have identified the pilot of a plane that crashed on a foggy Interstate 77 median in Southwest Virginia.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says 67-year-old Bernard F. Heimos of Laguna Niguel, California, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital in North Carolina.

Geller says the 1939 J3 single-engine plane was traveling from Dayton, Ohio, to Johnson County, North Carolina, when it crashed Wednesday afternoon in Carroll County.

She says the plane clipped treetops in the median as it flew along the interstate. The plane crashed into a mountain that makes up the median at Fancy Gap.

Geller says there was dense fog in the area at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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