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AF two-star and wife die in Va. plane crash

Apr. 20, 2013 - 02:37PM   |  
Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, 52-year-old Susan D. Brown, died when a single-engine Cessna 210 crashed in Virginia.
Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, 52-year-old Susan D. Brown, died when a single-engine Cessna 210 crashed in Virginia. (Air Force)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia State Police have released the names of a couple killed in a plane crash near Williamsburg.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says 54-year-old pilot Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, 52-year-old Susan D. Brown, died when a single-engine Cessna 210 crashed in a James City County subdivision. Their dog also died in the crash. There were no other passengers on the plane.

Virginia and Nebraska media outlets identified Joseph Brown as an Air Force major general. They said he was an official at the National Defense University in Washington and formerly was assigned to U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Geller says the crash occurred at 4:53 p.m. Friday near the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport.

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh released a joint statement about the incident: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joe Brown and his wife, Sue. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family, friends, and the members of the National Defense University as they come to terms with the tragedy. Joe and Sue dedicated their lives in service to our nation and their loss will be felt across our Air Force and joint team."

Air Force Times staff writer Jeff Schogol contributed to this report.

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