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At least two dead in Adams County plane crash

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 26, 2013 8:43 AM
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Updated at 3:17 PM

(Biglerville) -- State police say at least two people died in the crash of a small plane into a rural Adams County field.

Trooper Rob Hicks says autopsies are scheduled for Friday, and authorities plan to use dental records and perhaps DNA to identify the victims.

This morning's crash scattered debris over a quarter-mile area north of Gettysburg. Hicks says the Piper PA30 Twin Comanche aircraft was completely destroyed, but there didn't appear to have been a fire or explosion.

Hicks says neighbors in the Biglerville area heard what sounded like engine trouble and then the noise of the crash at about 5:30 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board said they have sent investigators to the scene.

Authorities have not released information about the plane's starting point and intended destination.  

The earlier stories are below.

Updated at 11:04 AM

(Biglerville) -- State police say at least one person died in the crash of a small plane.

Trooper Rob Hicks said the crash early this morning scattered debris over a quarter-mile area north of Gettysburg.

He said the plane was completely destroyed, but there didn't appear to have been a fire or explosion.

Hicks said neighbors in the Biglerville area heard what sounded like engine trouble and then the noise of the crash at about 5:30 a.m. today.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board said they have sent investigators to the scene.

Officials said they had no immediate information about what kind of aircraft was involved or its starting point and intended destination.

The earlier story is below.

(Biglerville) -- Authorities say a coroner has been called to the scene of a reported plane crash.

Emergency dispatchers in Adams County say the crash was reported between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. today in Butler Township.

Officials said they had no information about what kind of aircraft or injuries.

State police said they had no immediate information.

Federal Aviation Administration officials are heading to the scene and will investigate along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

But according to the FAA, there was no immediate word on what type of aircraft was involved or its starting point and destination.

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