LINESVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – The Crawford County coroner has confirmed two men died in a plane crash near Linesville on Monday night.
The National Transportation Safety Board is the lead investigating agency on the crash. The Pennsylvania State Police and Federal Aviation Administration were also investigating the incident.
The Crawford County Coroner’s office identified the men who died in the crash as pilot Timothy Williams, 59, of Burghill in Trumbull County, and passenger Nathan Koontz, 33, of Linesville, Pa.
Both men were very active in the local aviation community, and experienced pilots with many flights under their belts.
Both the FAA and NTSB are investigating exactly what caused the experimental plane, or Kit Cub, to go down at around 6:30 Monday night.
Connor Griffin knew both of the men and said he was shocked when he found out what happened.
“It’s just tragic. We never would expect something like this to happen to somebody,” Griffin said. “Both pilots, both…awesome guys.”
The Crawford County Coronor is scheduled to perform an autopsy on both men Wednesday.
State police said the crash happened on Airport Road in Conneaut Township around 6:30 p.m. Monday. Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police Meadville post and Linesville volunteer firefighters started looking for the plane shortly after they received calls from neighbors saying they saw a low-flying plane and heard a loud noise nearby.
“I was in the bedroom watching a movie,” said Trina Porter. “I heard a loud crash with some trees breaking, sounds of trees breaking.”
Troopers say the thickness of the fog made it impossible to use a helicopter to search for the wreckage. A pair of volunteers on ATVs discovered the crash scene around 9:45 p.m..
An FAA spokesperson says it was a kit club plane, an experimental home-built aircraft. The spokesperson says the pilot was flying by visual flight rules, so it was not being watched by the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport control tower.
One report indicates the plane had just taken off from the Greenville area.
State police said they have notified those that need to know that the two victims died.