AMHERST, Va. — A prominent business man is one of two people who died when an aircraft went down in Amherst County Saturday night.
The small, single engine ultralight crashed into an empty pasture just before 7 o'clock near Christian Springs Road - that's just west of the town of Amherst.
Friends of 77-year-old John Milhous say that he and another male passenger, Carl Weber, were on board. Both were killed.
Milhous owned an engineering firm called Milhous Company in Amherst. Friends say he was an experienced pilot.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are trying to figure out what happened.
Meanwhile, people who saw the aircraft go down believe an engine malfunction is to blame.
A State Police barricade is keeping the public away from Christian Springs Road in Amherst County; a quiet street that was anything but quiet Saturday night.
At a farm nearby, Eddie Carter was working on his fence when he saw a small aircraft fly over.