Five Dead In Wyoming County Helicopter Crash

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Wyoming County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Wyoming County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Five people have died in a helicopter that went down in bad weather Saturday night in Wyoming County.

Deputy Coroner Alan Thatcher confirmed the number on board, but said he could not release identities or any other information on the victims.

The helicopter was found near the border of Noxen and Forkston townships on Sunday.

Thatcher said he heard the helicopter had taken off from the Greater Binghamton Airport.  The Associated Press reported it was headed to Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Lehighton.

Read more:  http://thedailyreview.com/news/five-dead-in-wyoming-county-helicopter-crash-1.1527417

Navy F/A-18 Jet Crashes Into Building In Virginia Beach

U.S. Navy F/A-18C from VFA-131 launches from F...

U.S. Navy F/A-18C from VFA-131 launches from French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle off the Virginia Capes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An F/A-18 jet crashed Friday into a cluster of apartment buildings in Virginia Beach, Va., eyewitnesses and authorities said.

A witness told MSNBC cable television that he arrived seconds after the crash at a building he described as a two-story apartment building that he said had been hit dead center. Aerial television coverage showed black smoke billowing from several buildings. The Virginian-Pilot reported that the buildings were in the Mayfair Mews Apartments.

Read more: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/06/11057385-navy-fa-18-jet-crashes-into-building-in-virginia-beach

Driver Hurt When Rig Rolls Down Embankment Along Route 422

Westbound U.S. Route 422 at the merge onto the...

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A truck driver was critically injured and the westbound lanes of Route 422 in Amity Township were closed Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer rolled down an embankment along the highway, police said.

Leonard Barnard, 45, of Philadelphia was westbound in a rig hauling produce about 5:15 a.m. when he lost control near River Bridge Road, just west of the merge ramp from the Pottstown Bypass, police said.

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Plane Crashes Into House On Final Approach Into Lock Haven Airport

A small Cessna aircraft crashed on the final approach into William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven on Monday.  The single engine plane clipped a telephone pole, stuck a house and three parked vehicles on East Church Street before bursting into flames and killing all three people on board. 

No one on the ground was injured although the couple who own the home were in the house when the plane hit.  This neighborhood is full of young children who were home at the time.

Witnesses say they heard the plane’s engine cut out as the aircraft passed over the Lock Haven McDonald’s.  The plane didn’t have the altitude to safely glide to the airport and crashed one block short of the runway.  The pilot radioed the airport asking if fuel was available a few minutes before the crash.

Ironically, the airport had just hosted its 25th annual Sentimental Journey Fly-In that weekend, safely attracting 400 planes and 4,000 people.  This crash was not associated with the Fly-In. 

The City of Lock Haven is the former home of Piper Aircraft Corporation and for 70 years Piper aircraft were manufactured there.  The Fly-In brings Piper owners back to Lock Haven each year.  On the grounds of the airport is the Piper Aviation Museum.