By Jo Ciavaglia

The Bucks County coroner has confirmed two people are dead following a small plane crash in a Hilltown Township housing development. 

Police, fire and emergency personnel and the Federal Aviation Administration representatives were on the scene of the crash, which happened shortly before 5 p.m. in the area of Brittany and Morgan lanes, Hilltown Police Chief Chris Engelhart said. 

Officials at the scene could provide limited information about the crash. Authorities were urging travelers to avoid the area until further notice.

Bucks County Coroner Meredith Buck confirmed the pilot and a passenger, both believed to be male, died in the crash. Autopsies are scheduled for Saturday. The names of the dead were not released Thursday night. 

No injuries were reported on the ground and no homes were involved in the crash, but the plane struck an unoccupied vehicle, Bucks County spokesman James O’Malley said. There was also some damage from debris to nearby homes, Engelhart said.

Neither O’Malley nor Engelhart had further information on the plane, its pilot or the flight plan. 

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will handle the crash investigation, Engelhart said. 

The FAA said in a statement the Beech 35-C33 departed from Doylestown Airport and was headed to Gunden Airport, a privately owned airport outside  Sellersville.

Thursday’s crash is the second fatal one involving a small plane in less than a year in the county. In June, a 79-year-old pilot from Upper Black Eddy crashed his single-engine Vans RV-6A crashed in woods south of the Doylestown Airport.

No structures or buildings were struck and no one on the ground was injured in that crash. The earlier crash remains under investigation, a process that can take 12 to 24 months.