The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 21, 2013

Federal investigators to probe Oct. 4 airplane mishap

SELINSGROVE — Federal investigators may be visiting Penn Valley Airport as early as Tuesday to investigate the cause of an Oct. 4 plane crash that injured two people.

The investigation was in a holding pattern for weeks during the federal government shutdown because National Transportation and Safety Board employees responsible for investigating the accident were furloughed until the political stalemate was resolved on Oct. 16.

The single-engine Piper Pacer has been secured in a locked hangar at the airport since the day of the crash that injured pilot Doug Cromley, of Lewisburg, and his uncle and passenger, Todd Cromley, of Winfield.

During the shutdown, William Banks, manager at the Harrisburg Flight Standards Office of the Federal Aviation Administration, said investigators would examine the wreckage “immediately” after furloughed investigators were back on the job.

At the time, airport manager Jim Taylor said he was told by Banks not to expect inspectors until three weeks after the government shutdown ended.

On Monday, Taylor said he hadn’t heard any word from the FAA but still wasn’t expecting anyone to examine the wreckage for another week or two.

Reached at the Harrisburg Flight Standards Office Monday afternoon, assistant manager Eric Manchon said investigators could begin their work as early as today to determine why the airplane crashed on take-off.


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