Federal investigators will be on the scene Thursday of a glider crash that killed three people near Morrisville, Vermont.

Search and rescue crews reached the wreckage at about 9:35 p.m. Wednesday near the summit Sterling Mountain, near the Smugglers Notch Resort. They found the bodies of the glider pilot and two passengers.

Their identities are being withheld until next of kin are notified. The glider was expected to return to Morrisville State Airport.

Crews on Thursday are expected to begin efforts to bring the bodies down from the remote, wooded crash site, which is about a mile from the nearest trailhead and 1,500 feet higher in elevation. The bodies will be transported to the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for autopsies.   

The glider was owned by Stowe Soaring, a business that operates from the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to be on the scene.