Brian Hall, 50, of Mount Lebanon, was the only person on the single-engine plane when it crashed Sunday in the George Washington National Forest near the Augusta-Rockingham county line.
The FAA released a preliminary report on the crash Wednesday.
According to the report, Hall declared an emergency two minutes after telling an air traffic controller that the plane was climbing from 9,000 feet to 10,500 feet. Hall said the plane lost an engine.
When given vectors to Bridgewater Airpark, Hall said there was a ridgeline that the plane couldn't clear.
State police said the plane was traveling from Wilmington, N.C., to the Harrisonburg area when it crashed.
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