By Luke Nozicka

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Three people were airlifted to various hospitals Saturday night after a plane they were in crashed in the township, police said.

At about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, township police responded to the crash of a single-engine fixed aircraft on private property on Pittstown Road near Sky Manor Road, Lt. Timothy Snyder Jr. said.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Piper PA-28 aircraft went down about half a mile northeast of Sky Manor Airport near Pittstown. The aircraft took off from Blairstown Airport, she said.

The pilot, Kyle Dalrymple, and two passengers, Clinton Campbell and Wendy Race, were conscious and out of the aircraft when officers arrived at the scene. The three were airlifted to various hospitals, authorities said.

The crash is under investigation by the FAA. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause, Bergen said.

Numerous agencies, including the Quakertown Fire Department and Clinton Rescue, responded to the scene.

Staff writer Alex Napoliello contributed to this report.