NICHOLSON (AP) – Two people killed in the crash of a World War II-vintage plane into the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania have been identified as a couple who lived only a few miles away, the Susquehanna County coroner’s office said Wednesday.
The victims were Thomas Huf, 73, and Elaine Huf, 65, of Kingsley, Pa. Both died of multiple traumatic injuries, and the deaths were ruled accidental.
The Cessna T-50 was destroyed by fire after it crashed about 10 miles north of Factoryville in Susquehanna County, where the wreckage was found Sunday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The plane took off on Labor Day from Sandusky, Ohio, heading for Wilkes-Barre, about 40 miles south of the crash site, said the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash.
Elaine Huf was a retired Bristol Township police officer who joined the force in 1975 and retired in 2002, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.
Flying was Huf’s passion and she was also an avid fan of old cars, township police Lt. Guy Sava said.
“It is a big loss and she was very well-liked,” he said. “I realize that term is overused, but it was certainly true about her.”