Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Officer James Bossen was killed while piloting a Piper PA-32R aircraft in which he and a private guard were transporting two prisoners for the Indiana Department of Correction.
The flight departed Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, en route to McGhee Tyson Airport near Knoxville, Tennessee, when the aircraft crashed into the side of a mountain in heavy fog, killing all persons aboard. The crash occurred in a rural area of Carroll County, Virginia, approximately four miles from the Virginia-North Carolina state line near Interstate 77.
Officer Bossen had previously served with the Marion County Sheriff's Department for 12½ years.