LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Virginia State Police have confirmed the identities of six individuals who died in a plane crash near Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
William C. Hamerstadt, 64, of Carmel, Indiana was piloting the plane. The passengers include Robert "Bob" D. Ross, 73, of Louisville; Lisa K. Borinstein, 52, of Shelbyville, Ind.; Luke J. Borinstein, 19, of Shelbyville, Ind.; Emma R. Borinstein, 15, of Shelbyville, Ind. and Maren Timmermann, 15, of Berlin, Germany.
According to his family, the plane belonged to Ross. He was a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marine Corps for many years. Ross earned a Purple Heart after two tours in Vietnam. His daughter, Anita Oxford, said Ross loved flying. He sold his CPA business this year and had recently retired to pursue more time in the air.
"When he passed away he was doing something that he absolutely loved," Oxford said. "When he had gotten out of the Marines that was a longtime dream of his. He was just an amazing person. No matter how busy he was he took time out of his day. He absolutely loved his country and loved his family and his friends."
Hamerstadt was Ross's best friend and was the pilot of the plane. He also passed away in the crash.
The crash happened when the 1969 Beech 95-B55 twin-engine, fixed-wing aircraft was attempting to land at the airport. Officials say the aircraft touched down midway down the runway, then executed a "go-around."
When the aircraft attempted to turn and climb, it stalled making it past airport property before crashing and catching fire.
The aircraft departed from Louisville, stopped in Shelbyville, Ind., and continued to Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Virginia State Police, the NTSB, and the FAA.