Official: Pa. plane left a half-hour before crash

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BIGLERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The manager of a small central Pennsylvania airport says a plane that crashed into a field in a fruit-farming region outside Gettysburg, killing at least two people, had taken off from the airfield about a half-hour earlier.


Bloomsburg Airport manager Dick Sharrow told The (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise that the owner rented hanger space last week for the twin-engine Piper PA30 Twin Comanche.


He said state police visited the airport Thursday to confirm that the flight originated there but asked him not to release the owner’s name. Autopsies on the victims are slated Friday.


Police said the plane went down at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday east of Biglerville, scattering debris over a quarter-mile area. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


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