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Police identify Maryland pilot killed in crash of small plane in Virginia

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HARRISONBURG, Virginia — Police have identified a Maryland pilot killed in a plane crash in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia.

Virginia State Police say 49-year-old Bernhard Helmut Charlemagne of Frederick, Maryland, died at the scene. A student pilot, 51-year-old John Smith Hicks of Monrovia, Maryland, was taken to University of Virginia Medical Center.

State police spokesman Sgt. F.L. Tyler says in a news release that the 2003 Cessna 172S was traveling to Hot Springs on an instructional flight when it crashed around 7 p.m. Saturday in a remote area northwest of Harrisonburg. The single-engine fixed-wing plane left Frederick and flew to Martinsburg, West Virginia, and to Winchester before heading to Hot Springs.

Searchers found the plane Sunday morning.

The crash remains under investigation.

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