Member of local flying club speaks out about Luzerne County plane crash


BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A member of the Pocono Mountains Flying Club is speaking up about the recent Luzerne County plane crash.

The investigation continues into the crash of a small plane Sunday in Luzerne County. A father and his 13-year-old daughter were badly injured in that crash.

Eyewitness news speaks with a member of a flight club that owns the aircraft who is convinced that training played a  role in the survival of the father and his daughter.

“I think that regardless of what happened and what the circumstances are. I am convinced that training did kick in training kicked in,” stated Otto Bohnenberger, of the Pocono Mountains Flight Club.

Bohnenberger is a member of the Pocono Mountains Flight Club, based at the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport.

The home base of the single-engine Cessna that crashed Sunday evening 58-year-old Chris White was piloting the aircraft his 13-year-old daughter angela was a passenger.

The aircraft was flying from the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton International Airport when for, some yet unknown reason, it went down in the woods of Bear Creek Township.

They survived the crash and were found when the air force was able to track them by using the signal from white’s cell phone and his daughter’s Ipad. Both suffered injuries and are undergoing medical treatment.

“Frankly it was a very uplifting experience simply because they were alive they were here,” said Bohnenberger.

Bonenberger says White and other members of the flight club receive training, that he believes played a role in their survival.

“Safety is an important thing for us, so we put in certain training programs that are scenario-based which allow people to put themselves in particular circumstances and think through what they would do and how they would handle and come up with a way to you know apply that to peer review and critique that,” explained Bohnenberger.

Bonenberger says community support has been tremendous.

“You would not believe the outpouring of support we have received from club members fellow aviators here at the Pocono Municipal Airport from fellow aviators from far and away. It is amazing to see how people are coming together they realize things do happen and support really is important,” said Bohnenberger.

He insists the flight club’s top priority is the recovery and support of Chris White and his daughter.

A spokesperson for the national transportation safety board the NTSB tells me a preliminary report on the crash will come out in about two weeks. A full report could take a year or more.

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