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2 People Killed in Plane Crash in Centre County

by on May 01, 2019 10:34 PM

The Centre County coroner's office confirmed that two people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed into Sandy Ridge Mountain in Rush Township Wednesday afternoon.

Names of the deceased, who were the only two people on board, were not yet available. Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday.

Emergency responders were dispatched just before 1 p.m. when a caller reported seeing a low-flying plane crash near the top of Sandy Ridge Mountain, as well as hearing an explosion.

Mountain Top Fire Company was first on the scene and commanded the response, joined by multiple fire and EMS companies from Centre, Clearfield and Blair counties, as well as state police. Crews worked amid fog in the heavily wooded area throughout the afternoon and into Wednesday night.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the Cessna C172 departed University Park Airport and was bound for Burlington International Airport in Vermont. According to FlightAware, however, the C172 that departed University Park Airport at 12:41 p.m. was bound for Butler County. That plane is registered to State College-based flying club Psyfliers.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine a probable cause of the crash.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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