NICHOLSON, PA.: The bodies of two people were found in the wreckage of a World War II-vintage plane that crashed in a wooded area in northeastern Pennsylvania, authorities said Monday.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna T50 was destroyed by fire after it crashed “under unknown circumstances” about 10 miles north of Factoryville in Susquehanna County, where state police said it was located at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the pilot didn’t file a flight plan, so the agency couldn’t confirm the plane’s departure or destination airports.
The National Transportation Safety Board said earlier that the Cessna T-50 took off on Labor Day in Sandusky, Ohio, heading for Wilkes-Barre, about 40 miles south of the crash.
Coroner Anthony Conarton said Monday that he couldn’t identify the victims because of the severity of their injuries and he was awaiting dental and medical records of those believed to have been aboard.
NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said the wreckage would be moved to a secure location so authorities could investigate the cause of the crash.
“We’ll look at the pilot, the machine and the environment,” Knudson told The (Scranton) Times-Tribune. “We’ll lay out the facts and circumstances of the accident. We start with everything on the table and we gradually eliminate.”