2011-12-01 / Local & State

NTSB: Pilot Hit Pa. Garage To Soften Crash Landing

HARRISON VALLEY, Pa. (AP) – Federal investigators say a pilot intentionally crashed into a detached garage in Potter County to soften the impact after losing both engines.

The pilot and three passengers on the business flight from Wilmington, Del., to Buffalo, N.Y., were seriously injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board's report of the Nov. 17 crash in Harrison Township says the pilot experienced turbulence and icing before losing power.

The Wellsville Daily Reporter in nearby Wellsville, N.Y., reported on the NTSB's preliminary findings.

State police in Coudersport identify the pilot as 62- year-old Thomas Anticola of Lancaster, N.Y., and the passengers as 51-year-old Keith Zittel of Niagara Falls, N.Y., 47-year-old David Kennedy of Hamburg, N.Y., and 44- year-old Paul Seeger of North Tonawanda, N.Y.

The plane was almost entirely consumed in the ensuing fire.

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