Pilot who died in plane crash believed to be White Stone man

by Tom Chillemi

Carl M. Smith

DELTAVILLE—A Virginia State Police (VSP) news release on Monday indicated the state medical examiner’s office had yet to announce positive identification of the pilot who died in a Tuesday, November 24, plane crash in Deltaville.

However, multiple social media sources and those who knew Carl M. Smith of White Stone have said he was the pilot who perished in the crash of a single engine plane that Flightaware.com reports he owned, a 1966 Beechcraft V35 Bonanza. 

Smith led the recent effort to stop erection of power line towers across the Rappahannock River. A post on the Facebook page notowers.org states: “It is with heavy hearts that we report the death of Carl Smith. Carl died when his aircraft crashed in Deltaville. He was a founder of the Save the Rappahannock Coalition. He led it from inception to the…[to-view-more]