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Two Dead In University Park Airport Crash

Two people have been confirmed dead in a small plane crash Thursday morning at University Park Airport.

A Piper Navajo aircraft traveling from Washington County Airport and carrying only the pilot and passenger crashed at 8:20 a.m. on approach to University Park Airport. The airport was closed until 10:30 a.m.

Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers pronounced the two individuals dead at the scene. They have not yet been named.

Aircraft rescue and and multiple local fire and emergency responders were on the scene.

The plane was approaching the airport near Barnes Road when the air traffic control tower noticed smoke coming from the plane. The tower attempted to contact the plane and received no response.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Harrisburg office and the National Transportation Safety Board out of Ashburn, Va., are en route to the crash site and will be conducting the investigation.

This is the second small plane crash in eight days at the airport. A small aircraft carrying only the pilot crash landed on June 8. No one was injured.

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