HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Investigators are preparing to resume their investigation into a deadly plane crash, as two people on board died in the weekend tragedy.
While investigators are still not identifying the victims, we do know more about their final minutes alive.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed the crumpled wreckage in Hanover Township is that of a 2020 experimental, amateur-built Bearhawk Patrol airplane.
It had left Wyoming Valley Airport in Forty Fort Saturday afternoon before something went terribly wrong.
“Climbed to about 750 feet above ground level and about three minutes after flight impacted terrain,” Air Safety Inspector with the NTSB Lynn Spencer said.
When it did, only one of the victims was still inside the wreckage. It was the passenger and not the pilot.
“The pilot of the aircraft departed the aircraft and impacted the tail of the airplane before the final impact,” said Spencer.
The pilot’s body was recovered in a backyard.
The NTSB says while physical evidence could be anywhere between Forty Fort and Hanover Township, the likely location is within a quarter mile of the crash scene at Doran’s Farm on Saint Mary’s Road.
Investigators have gone door-to-door conducting interviews, looking for witnesses, any video and photos, and other physical evidence.
“I guess there was a shoe somewhere along my property so they came looking for that and other than that there hasn’t been much,” said Cameron Cipriani of Hanover Township.
“In this area we have a relatively large debris field so I would ask the public to be on the lookout for any pieces of aircraft wreckage that they might find,” said Spencer.
The NTSB says it expects to wrap up its on-scene investigation on Monday.
A preliminary report on the crash will likely be available within two weeks, but the NTSB says a factual report and probable cause will take about a year or longer.
If you have any physical evidence or an eyewitness account for this event, you can contact the NTSB via phone or email at 1 (866) 328-6347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.