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UPDATE: Coroner ID's two killed in plane crash

Updated: Friday, January 3 2014, 01:17 PM CST
UPDATED (Jan. 3 at  2:13 p.m.)

According to the Adams County Coroner, Michael Bronzburg, 46, and Miranda Rose, 17, both of Catawissa, Pa., were killed in a plane crash in Adams County on December 26th.
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Reported by: Kyle Rogers

Two people were killed Thursday morning when the small plane they were flying in crashed in an Adams County cornfield.

Pennsylvania State Police spokesperson Trooper Robert Hicks said the aircraft went down in Butler Township, shortly before 5:30 Thursday morning.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA arrived at the crash site where it is believed the plane was traveling more than 100mph over its recommended speed, according to sources.

When emergency responders arrived, the pile of destruction made it difficult to determine just how many were on the board. There were no survivors.

"The plane is demolished," said Hicks. "It looks like a pile of rubble up there." Hicks added those two on board must have suffered from such an impact.

Parts of the aircraft were found throughout area cornfields. Officials found the plane's wings hundreds of feet away from where the fuselage was discovered.

While officials would not speculate if an early-morning wintry weather squall played a role in the crash, sources said it appeared the plane had engine problems.

Neighbors told  CBS 21 News it sounded as if the plan was "sputtering" before it crashed.

Mike Wertz, a lifelong resident of the township, said he heard the plane crash. At first, though, he thought it was a car accident.   "It made a bang and then a roar," said Wertz. "Never dreamed it was an airplane and I still can't believe it happened."

Sources said the pilot of the plane did not take off from a nearby airport.

Autopsies will be performed Friday afternoon. Officials said they would most likely have to resort to dental records to identify the two victims.





UPDATE: Coroner ID's two killed in plane crash


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