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Two killed in Sunday plane crash identified

By MARK MARONEY

mmaroney@sungazette.com

ANTES FORT –A pilot from Union County and his passenger died upon impact when the experimental biplane they were in crashed shortly after taking off from Antes Fort Airport, county officials said.

Douglas Cromley, 40, of Lewisburg, was piloting the small red twin-wing experimental airplane with David McCormick, 67, of Allenwood, his passenger. The airplane had taken off just before 5 p.m., according to Charles E. Kiessling Jr., Lycoming County coroner.

The investigation is continuing by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, Kiessling said.

Autopsies were scheduled for today at Allentown.

Tiadaghton Regional Valley Police Department Sgt. Brian Fioretti said the FAA official arrived about 8:30 p.m. Sunday to receive a briefing of the crash. A volunteer with Independent Hose Co. of Jersey Shore, Fioretti said the swampy crash site was near a tree line in a farmer’s field.

The NTSB has kept the airplane intact as much as possible in order to take it to the hangar at the airport to inspect it, officials said.

The airplane had an open cockpit. Preservation was necessary to look at impact factors such as gauges and construction, officials said.

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