UPDATE: A coroner has released the names of two people killed in Wednesday’s plane crash in Pennsylvania.
The pilot was Joseph T. Bernardo 55, of State College. The passenger was his wife Valerie D. Bernardo 54.
The plane, believed to a 1976 Cessna 172N, took off from the University Park Airport in State College, Pennsylvania Wednesday. State police began to search for the plane shortly after.
It took first responders nearly an hour and a half to find the crash site, which is believed to be in Taylor Township, Pennsylvania.
“The plane came (from that direction) from State College, over atop our house and towards the mountain. And the fog was down, and covered the tops of the trees. And at about that time, we heard him crash into the tops, and then, just a few minutes later, there was an explosion. So, we called 911 right away. We were just getting ready to leave, and he just flew over, and it sounded like he was really low, but we couldn’t see him until he got by our house,” a witness said.
The FAA has since taken over the scene and is leading the investigation. The NTSB is also investigating.
The cause of the crash is still unknown.