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PERKASIE — Authorities have identified two men killed in the crash of a single-engine plane on a residential street near a college in suburban Philadelphia.
The Bucks County Coroner’s Office said Alfred George Piranian, 74, of Chalfont, and Brian Filippini, 55, of Philadelphia, died of multiple blunt injuries in Thursday night’s crash in the Hilltown Township. Their deaths were ruled accidental.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the four-seat Beech 35-C33 was conducting an instructional flight, the Bucks County Courier Times reported. Fillippini was on FAA records as a registered owner, according to the newspaper.
FlightAware.com, a flight tracking website, said the plane took off from Wings Field Airport, a general aviation airport in Blue Bell, shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday and landed at the airport. of Doylestown nine minutes later, the newspaper reported. Just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, it took off and headed for the private Gunden Airport near Sellersville, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.
The plane crashed about 200 feet from the edge of the Pennridge Central Middle School campus.
Security office investigators were at the scene Friday gathering information and will speak to witnesses and review raw video posted on social media, as well as using radar and weather data, aircraft control communications, records maintenance and the medical records of the pilots as part of their investigation, the newspaper reports.
The FAA and the Hilltown Township Police Department are also investigating, the coroner’s office said.