by: George StockburgerJames Wesser

YORK COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – According to the Federal Aviation Administration, one person has died as a result of a plane crash that occurred on Wednesday afternoon along the Pennsylvania Turnpike off-ramp.

A small plane carrying two people crashed into a utility vehicle driving on a Pennsylvania Turnpike offramp around 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, two people were on board the single-engine Cessna 180 when it crashed on the turnpike south of the Capital City Airport.

Ted Czech with the York County Office of Emergency Management says one of the plane’s passengers was taken to the hospital by helicopter and the second was transported to the hospital by ambulance while the truck driver was not injured.

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration released their accident report stating that the pilot of the plane died, while the passenger sustained serious injuries.

According to Czech, the circumstances leading up to the crash are still being investigated and a hazmat team was called, but no fire or explosion was reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration is the lead investigating agency with the National Transportation Safety Board and Pennsylvania State Police also on hand.

The NTSB says they will release a preliminary report in 2-3 weeks that will detail the facts and circumstances of the accident, including flight tracking and radar data, as well as communications with the airport tower. However, a full NTSB report will take one to two years.

Witnesses to the accident, or those who have information that may be relevant to the investigation, are encouraged to contact the NTSB via email at

According to PennDOT, all entrance and exit ramps at the Harrisburg West Interchange were closed for an extended period, however the mainline of the turnpike remained open.