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June 24, 2014

Valley men hire attorney to investigate plane crash

SELINSGROVE — Two area residents injured in an Oct. 4 plane crash while taking off from the Penn Valley Airport in Selinsgrove have hired a Philadelphia attorney to investigate the crash.

Jim Beasley Jr. said Tuesday that pilot Doug Cromley, of Lewisburg, and his uncle, Todd Cromley, of Winfield, hired his firm after both were seriously injured when the single-engine Piper Pacer they were flying last fall crashed shortly after take-off.

A preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board in November said it was the aircraft’s first flight following an inspection. The investigation continues and the NTSB doesn’t expect to issue a final report for several months.

Meanwhile, Beasley said his firm is taking a separate look and examining the maintenance provided by Aviation Heritage, based at the airport.

“We are doing a thorough investigation to ensure it was all appropriate,” he said.

Heritage Aviation Manager Jon Trainor said they are working with both the Federal Aviation Administration and Beasley to determine what happened.

“We’re certainly helping with whatever is requested,” he said.

Since the October crash, there has been a complete turnover in management and maintenance staff which was unrelated to the incident, he said.

The two mechanics employed at Heritage Aviation in October have left and been replaced by four mechanics. One former mechanic returned home to Texas and the second took another job in the aviation industry, Trainor said.

Trainor’s predecessor, Jim Taylor, took a similar job in Williamsport and has been cooperating with the investigation.

According to The Beasley Firm web site, they have been litigating airplane crashes since 1958.

“The smallest error can often lead to disastrous repercussions. In 2010, there were 831 deaths and thousands of catastrophic injuries attributed to aviation accidents,” the firm’s web site states.

According to Beasley, there were 2,033 aviation accidents reported by the Aviation Safety Network in 2010 and only 27 involved commercial aircraft.

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