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No Survivors Found At Virginia Plane Crash Site After US Fighter Jets Attempted To Intercept Its Unresponsive Pilot, Police Say

In a tragic incident, no survivors were found at the Virginia plane crash site after US fighter jets attempted to intercept its unresponsive pilot.

Author:Rhyley Carney
Reviewer:Paula M. Graham
Jun 07, 202311.4K Shares152.6K Views
In a tragic incident, no survivors were found at Virginia plane crashsite after US fighter jets attempted to intercept its unresponsive pilot.
According to a source familiar with the response, the pilot was observed slumped over in his seat, leading to the interception of the aircraft by supersonic military fighter jets protecting Washington, DC. Sadly, there were no survivors, as confirmed by authorities.

Hypoxia Suspected As A Cause Of Unresponsiveness

Crash investigators are focusing their attention on hypoxia as a possible reason for the pilot and passengers' failure to respond to attempts made by air traffic controllers and other civilian aircraft to establish contact.
Hypoxia refers to a shortage of oxygen in the blood, which can occur at high altitudes. Aviation experts speculate that the pressurized cabin of the Cessna Citation may have experienced a decompression, leading to hypoxia.
At an altitude of 34,000 feet, pilots typically have a limited window of time to don oxygen masks before losing consciousness.
When F-16 fighter jets reached the Cessna 560 Citation V, they tried to get the pilot's attention by setting off flares. Unfortunately, the pilot remained unresponsive, and the aircraft subsequently crashed near the George Washington National Forest in Virginia.
NORAD (Continental US North American Aerospace Defense Command Region) made continuous efforts to establish contact with the pilot until the tragic crash occurred.

Unresponsive pilot seen slumped over before deadly Virginia plane crash, officials say

Timeline Of Events And Communication Breakdown

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lost contact with the private jet only 15 minutes after its departure.
Approximately eight minutes after the loss of contact, the FAA contacted the "Domestic Events Network," which involves various military, national security, homeland security, and law enforcement agencies.
During this time, air traffic controllers and civilian pilots frantically attempted to reach the unresponsive crew of the aircraft via radio.
Astonishingly, the plane continued its flight track for over 300 miles, flying back towards Washington, DC, before crashing in rural Virginia.

Challenging Rescue Operation And Ongoing Investigation

First responders faced significant challenges reaching the crash site due to the extremely steep and rugged terrain. It took hours for them to navigate their way to the top of the mountain where the wreckage was located, about 1.5 miles from the nearest road.
Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched an investigation into the incident. The primary focus will be to determine when the pilot became unresponsive and why the aircraft followed its flight track.
The owner of the crashed plane, John Rumpel, identified Jeff Hefner as the pilot and confirmed that his daughter, Adina Azarian, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Aria Azarian, were among the passengers who tragically lost their lives.
Adina Azarian worked for Keller Williams and was remembered as a devoted mother and exceptional colleague. Jeff Hefner, a highly accomplished pilot with extensive flight experience, worked as a flight captain and was certified as a Captain in numerous private aircraft after retiring from Southwest Airlines.

Investigation Underway With Limited Evidence

The crash site revealed minimal wreckage, suggesting that the plane impacted the ground at a steep angle. Investigators, who have not found any flight data recorders (commonly known as "black boxes"), will be analyzing the available evidence at the crash site.
Human remains have also been discovered, adding to the complexity of the investigation. At this early stage, the NTSB has not ruled out any possibilities and will explore all potential factors contributing to the crash.
It remains unclear whether the private aircraft entered restricted airspace, particularly near the US Capitol area. The US Capitol complex was placed on an "elevated alert" when the plane flew near the region, prompting the launch of six F-16 fighter jets.
The jets traveled at supersonic speeds, causing a sonic boom that reverberated across Washington, DC, startling residents on the ground. Despite the sonic boom, President Joe Biden, who was nearby, was not affected, and his security posture remained unchanged.
As the investigation progresses, authorities and aviation experts will work diligently to uncover the truth behind this tragic incident.

Final Words

The unresponsive pilot and passengers failed to respond to communication attempts, with hypoxia suspected as a possible cause. Military fighter jets attempted to intercept the aircraft but were unsuccessful.
The investigation is ongoing, focusing on determining the sequence of events and the factors leading to the crash.
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