The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 5, 2013

Pilot in serious condition after take-off crash

Single-engine plane trashed in nose-dive accident, airport says

By Bill Foley
The Daily Item

DANVILLE — DANVILLE ­— A pilot involved in a crash at Penn Valley Airport near Selinsgrove on Friday was listed in serious condition and his passenger in fair condition Saturday afternoon by a nursing supervisor at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Doug Cromley, of Lewisburg, was the pilot of the 1953 Piper Pacer that nose-dived while heading south during takeoff on the 4,700-foot runway at the Monroe Township airport. He and his passenger, his uncle Todd Cromley, of Winfield, were taken by ambulance to Geisinger following the 2:15 p.m. accident.

The destroyed Lycoming 0-290 Series aircraft, which can reach speeds of 94 mph, is in an airport hangar awaiting an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration or the National Transportation Safety Board, said Dave Hall, Penn Valley’s director of flight operations.

Hall could not estimate the cost of damage to the plane — a fixed wing, single-engine craft with four seats. The aircraft is registered to Orvis Cromley, of Lewisburg, according to an online registry of aircraft tail numbers.

Hall said Saturday he was not aware of anyone who witnessed the crash, which was reported by a motorist driving past the end of the runway.