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A small plane heading from Indiana to Myerstown crashed last Thursday, Aug. 11, near Metz, West Virginia, about 90 miles south of Pittsburgh, resulting in three deaths.

The identity of those on board and their places of residence had not been released by publication time.

FAA records show that the plane left Daviess County Airport in Indiana at 3:43 p.m. and was “last seen” at 6:03 p.m.

A Friday afternoon news release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department said “[a]t approximately [7 p.m.] we received information of a downed plane in the Metz area. . . . At [7:50 p.m.] a detached wing was located in the Campbells Run area. At approximately [8:20 p.m.] the other wing and the fuselage was found on a steep incline in a heavily wooded area. The fuselage was occupied by the pilot and two passengers. There were no survivors.”

Aerial view of Campbells Run area, via Google Earth.

The plane, a single engine Piper PA-32 with call sign N720RP, is registered to Skyhawk Associates LLC of Myerstown, according to the FAA.

FAA spokeswoman Marcia Adams told LebTown that “the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.”

While authorities had not released the identities of the victims as of publication time, WHP TV in Harrisburg is reporting that they were Lancaster County residents returning from a meeting in Indiana.

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Chris Coyle

Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...