Mt. Pocono, PA Private Plane Crash, Oct 1985
DOWNED PLANE FOUND MILE FROM AIRPORT, TWO WERE KILLED.
Mount Pocono, Pa. (UPI) - A Civil Air Patrol search plane Tuesday located the wreckage of a missing single engine plane with two bodies inside about a mile from the airport where the aircraft took off, authorities said.
The discovery of the wreckage 1 1/4
miles northwest of Mount Pocono Airport Tuesday afternoon ended a three-day search over 4,000 square miles of northeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.
Authorities tentatively identified the victims as KEVIN KEATING, 22, and the plane's pilot KEN WENZEL, 25, both employees of General Aviation Services. Both men, who lived in Ridgefield Park, N.J., were apparently killed on impact, said CAP spokesman Lt. Colonel Gary Wilson.
The bodies were removed by the CAP
and the Monroe County Coroner was conducting autopsies to obtain a positive identification.
An Air Force search dog team from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey simultaneously arrived on the scene and positively identified the wreckage in the heavily wooded Pocono Mountains, Wilson said.
The plane, a Piper Dakota owned by General Aviation Services of Teeterboro, N.J. departed Mount Pocono Airport at 7:45 p.m. Saturday and was headed to Teeterboro Airport.
The cause of the crash will be determined by investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration
and the National Transportation Safety Board.
During the three-day search, 20 CAP and three police helicopters flew 150 hours as they repeatedly searched 4,000 square miles of northeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.
Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1985-10-23