Update: Pilot Escapes Injury in Forced Landing near Leesburg Airport

Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Cabrera is investigating the minor plane crash that took place in Loudoun County Saturday morning near Leesburg Executive Airport.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:20 a.m.

According to the report, Joseph R. Bryant, 53, of Goldendale, WA., had taken off Saturday morning from the airport bound for Georgia. About an hour into the flight, the weather conditions began to worsen and Bryant turned the one-seater Sonex experimental aircraft around to return to Leesburg. As he approached the airport, he began to experience engine trouble and landed the aircraft in a field along Sycolin Road.

Bryant was not injured.

The FAA was notified of the crash, which remains under investigation.

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