Small plane crashes in Elizabeth Township

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) — A small plane crashed in Elizabeth Township on Friday.

The Elizabeth Township Fire Department said first responders were called to the Skillet Hill Road area to reports of a plane around 7 p.m. Crews found the plane and worked to rescue the adult pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane.

He was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition with “life-threatening injuries”, police said.

The pilot of the single-engine Aeronca 7 Champion took off from Findlayville Airport and was making touch-and-go landings at Rostraver Airport when it crashed. The pilot lost altitude and crashed into the woods.

No word on what caused the accident.

“I looked up and saw it was taking off and it flew over my house and started backing up to the left like it was trying to get to the airport. The engine wouldn’t start like it should have,” said Karen Melilli, who heard the crash.

“My son has the humvee and he went up in the woods with the firefighters and they got him out of the plane on a stretcher and lowered him in a humvee,” she added.

Photos show a crumpled plane in a wooded area with several first responders at the scene.

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A small plane crashed in Elizabeth Township on May 27, 2022.

(Photo: Kristy Milburn)


The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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