A two-star Air Force general and his wife died Friday after the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed less than a mile from the runway at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport, authorities said.
The crash that killed Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV, 54, and his wife, Susan, 52, was under investigation Sunday, and it was not immediately clear what led the experienced pilot to go down, said Jay Neylon, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.
“It’s too early to come to any conclusions,” Neylon said. “We are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation.”
Brown, a 32-year Air Force veteran, was a decorated bomber pilot who flew sorties over Iraq and Afghanistan. He had been serving as commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University, based at Fort McNair in the District.
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