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Pilot, Passenger Identified In Blairstown Forced Plane Landing [VIDEO]

Police have identified the pilot and passenger aboard a small plane that made a “forced landing” just after taking off from Blairstown Airport on Friday.

 

Plane on the ground in Blairstown
Plane on the ground in Blairstown after takeoff (WNBC TV)

Craig S. Levine of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania was piloting the 41-year-old Piper Cub  that landed on onto Gwinnup Road according to the Warren Reporter. Matthew P. Giannini of Harleysville, Pennsylvania was passenger; both suffered minor injuries.

 

 

The FAA’s initial investigation concludes the plane had to make a “forced landing.”

Some pilots at Blairstown Airport speculated to WNBC TV that the heat and thin air could have contributed to the plane having issues at takeoff.

The Warren County Hazardous Materials Unit was on scene for several hours cleaning up a fuel spill using foam.

The Blairstown Police Department, the FAA’s Allentown Office and the  National Transportation Safety Board will all be part of the investigation into the incident.

The Express-News reports it is the second crash in the region in the past two days.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

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