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June 19, 2014

Final report on plane crash could take months

SELINSGROVE — It will likely be several more months before the National Transportation Safety Board releases a final report on the Oct. 4 crash of a single-engine Piper Pacer at Penn Valley Airport that seriously injured two people.

A preliminary report issued a month after the plane crashed shortly after take-off and injured pilot Doug Cromley, of Lewisburg, and passenger Todd Cromley, of Winfield, determined that it was the aircraft’s first flight after an annual inspection.

A witness reported seeing the plane’s nose drop when it reached about 125 feet and descended vertically before crashing on the runway, damaging the wings and fuselage.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said a full investigation can take a year or longer.

The next document that will be released on the crash is a factual report and later, a report of probable cause, or final report, will be issued, he said.

The investigation was delayed a few weeks due to the government shutdown that was taking place at the time of the crash.

 

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