The Washington Post that fighter fighters intercepted the aircraft and found the unconscious pilot.
Sunday’s crash killed the pilot and three others.
The Cessna Citation crashed in Virginia after crossing restricted airspace over Washington, DC.
The plane, traveling from Tennessee to Long Island, turned sharply in New York and flew south again.
F-16 fighter fighters were allowed to fly supersonic to intercept it in restricted airspace over the US capital, causing a tremendous sonic boom.
After two silent hours, the plane ran out of fuel and crashed in Montebello, Virginia.
The pilot’s inactivity is unclear. Military officials stated fighter jets did not down the plane.
Investigators are now piecing through the remains of a private aircraft that crashed on Sunday in Virginia.
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Investigators are examining “highly fragmented” wreckage in rural Virginia. Officials anticipate a multi-day operation.
“Everything is on the table until we slowly and methodically remove different components and elements relevant to this safety investigation,” said National Transportation Safety Board investigator Adam Gerhardt.
Next week will see a detailed report. The fatal incident report will be released in 12–24 months.
A plane employee reported his family members were on board, but the four dead were not recognized.
The pilot, his daughter, two-year-old granddaughter, and her babysitter were on the plane, according to Florida businessman John Rumpel, 75.
They were returning from his North Carolina residence to East Hampton, New York.
“It descended at 20,000ft a minute, and nobody could survive a crash from that speed,” Mr. Rumpel, a pilot, remarked, hoping his relatives were okay.
According to BBC News, the Cessna likely lost cabin pressure.
He claimed mechanical failures or pilot mistakes could depressurize aircraft cabins.
In this scenario, Mr. Levy suggested the cabin may have depressurized “insidiously” without passengers noticing hypoxic symptoms until it was too late.
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“They’re unaware of what’s happening, and then they’ve gone beyond the point of rational thinking, consciousness, and good vision,” Mr. Levy added.
Mr. Levy said the pilot may have realized the cabin was depressurizing and tried to turn the plane on autopilot. “After that, I assume that the pilot then lost consciousness,” he said.