Plane bound for Myerstown crashes in West Virginia; 3 dead, FAA investigating

A small plane heading from Indiana to Myerstown crashed last Thursday, August 11, near Metz, West Virginia, about 90 miles south of Pittsburgh, killing three people.

The identities of those on board and their whereabouts had not been disclosed at the time of publication.

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

A Friday afternoon press release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department said, “[a]t about [7 p.m.] we have received information of a plane shot down in the Metz region. . . . To [7:50 p.m.] a detached wing was located in the Campbells Run area. At about [8:20 p.m.] the other wing and fuselage were found on a steep slope in a heavily wooded area. The fuselage was occupied by the pilot and two passengers. There were no survivors. »

Aerial view of the Campbells Run area, via Google Earth.

The plane, a single-engine Piper PA-32 with call sign N720RP, is registered with 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 lead the investigation and provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies those involved in plane crashes.

Although authorities have not released the identities of the victims at the time of publication, WHP TV in Harrisburg reports that they were Lancaster County residents returning from a meeting in Indiana.

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