By Bo Koltnow
SALISBURY TWP., Pa. – One person is dead after a plane crash in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County Wednesday.
The crash was reported at the 1400 block of Keystone Road shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to county dispatchers.
Officials say two people were inside the Single Engine Piper PA-28 when it crashed into a front lawn. The initial call was for a plane into a home. Luckily that didn’t happen, as the area properties are on large lots, but it came close.
The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office said one person was found dead at the scene. The coroner’s office is in the process of identifying the person who was killed and notifying the person’s next of kin.
“Before I got inside, I heard a loud crash, sounded like something got hit pretty hard. Came out and saw flames through the trees,” said witness Alan Desris.
Desris was working next door, called 911, and rushed over, and saw a man being taken from the cockpit.
“I heard someone yell for help, ran over, the plane was on fire, ended up exploding in one second and then another,” he added.
Police say there were explosions, and the survivor was taken to the trauma center at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
The FAA and the NTSB will investigate. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents, the FAA said.
A pilot from Queen City says the area is in the flight path of planes taking off from the airport.
Aviation records show the plane took off at 1:37 p.m. and was in the air for three minutes.
An autopsy is set for Friday.