At Least 6 Dead in Small Plane Crash in Virginia, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At least six people have died after a small plane crashed in Virginia, according to Virginia State Police.

Around 12:26 p.m., police received a report of a plane crash near Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, about 55 miles south of Washington, D.C.

The impact of the crash caused the aircraft to catch fire, police said. The plane was attempting to land and then aborted the landing when it went off the south end of the runway, crashing in a line of trees.

A representative for the National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of the crash to investigate, it confirmed with ABC News.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, officials said.

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