Photo: Elaine Huf, who went missing recently when her plane crashed.
Aviation enthusiasts Tom and Elaine Huf of Kingsley were reported missing three days after the Sept. 2 wreck. Two bodies have been recovered from the twin-engine Cessna T-50 in Susquehanna County, but have yet to be identified.
HARFORD TOWNSHIP– A plane missing since Labor Day was found Sunday morning, crashed in a field on Bartholomew Road.
While officials say the plane departed from Ohio Monday, and stopped for refuling near Williamsport, neighbors say the search only began after the plane’s owners, a local pilot and his wife missed a meeting with a friend on Thursday.
While the Susquehanna County coroner could not confirm the identities of the people on board, friends and neighbors say local pilots Tom and Elaine Huf have been missing since their plane disappeared.
Neighbor Henry Blanco says, “They have been missing for several days, you have to assume the news isn’t going to be good when we get it.”
The pair was well know for their passion for aviation and traveled to air shows around America in their vintage twin engine Cessna T-50.
The plane was a familiar sight in their Harford Township neighborhood, and the pair lived next to a private air strip and hangar on Route 547.
The woman who owns the property where the plane went down believes she heard the crash.
“I heard an airplane overhead and the plane didn’t sound right to me,” says Barbara Sloat.”It sounded like it was hovering, it went on for 3 or 4 minutes but it sounded like forever, then I didn’t hear it anymore.”
Sloat says on Tuesday she told a family member about the disturbing sounds, but at that time nobody knew the plane was missing.
Friday the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol began searching from the sky, trying to locate the plane’s beacon. Then on Saturday crews began looking around the hills in southeastern Susquehanna County. On Sunday they came to Sloat’s property.
“I told them it sounded like it went up on my hill, and that’s where they went and that’s where they found them.”
Searchers on ATVs found the wreckage of the plane and the two bodies inside Sunday around 10:30 AM.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but investigators say there were thunderstorms reported in the area Monday evening.
The investigation will now be turned over to the FAA/NTSB.
Crashed plane in Pa. field belongs to couple missing since Labor Day
NICHOLSON, Pa. (AP) — The bodies of two people were found in the wreckage of a World War II-vintage plane that crashed in a wooded area in northeastern Pennsylvania, authorities said Monday.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna T50 was destroyed by fire after it crashed “under unknown circumstances” about 10 miles north of Factoryville in Susquehanna County, where state police said it was located at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the pilot didn’t file a flight plan, so the agency couldn’t confirm the plane’s departure or destination airports.
The National Transportation Safety Board said earlier that the Cessna T-50 took off on Labor Day in Sandusky, Ohio, heading for Wilkes-Barre, about 40 miles south of the crash.
Coroner Anthony Conarton said Monday that he couldn’t identify the victims because of the severity of their injuries and he was awaiting dental and medical records of those believed to have been aboard.
NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said the wreckage would be moved to a secure location so authorities could investigate the cause of the crash.
“We’ll look at the pilot, the machine and the environment,” Knudson told The (Scranton) Times-Tribune. “We’ll lay out the facts and circumstances of the accident. We start with everything on the table and we gradually eliminate.”
A crashed plane discovered in a Pennsylvania field Sunday has been identified as belonging to a couple missing since Labor Day, according to local reports.
The National Transportation and Safety Board says the twin-engine Cessna T-50 found in a Susquehanna County field was destined for Wilkes-Barre, Pa., but overflew this location by 40 miles north.
WNEP, as well as a piloting website, has identified the plane’s owners as Tom and Elaine Huf of Kingsley, Pa., who were reported missing three days after the fiery Sept. 2 crash.
“Elaine & Tom had flown from their home in Kingsley, Pennsylvania, to Blakesburg, Iowa, for the Antique Airfield flyin and were on the return flight home when the accident happened,” Ladies Love Taildraggers, a website dedicated to female pilots, wrote.
The NTSB has confirmed that two bodies were found inside the wreckage to the Associated Press, but both have yet to be identified.
The bodies were burned far beyond recognition, said Susquehanna County Coroner Anthony Conarton.
“At this point, I couldn’t even tell if they’re two adults,” Conarton told the Citizens’ Voice. “We’re waiting for dental and medical records to piece everything together.”
Barbara Sloat, who lives near the field the wreckage was found in, told WNEP that she heard a plane fly by extremely low during a thunderstorm Sept. 2.
“I heard an airplane overhead, and the plane didn’t sound right to me,” she said. “It sounded like it was hovering. It went on for 3 or 4 minutes, but it sounded like forever. Then I didn’t hear it anymore.”
Sloat said she told family about what she heard the next day, but at that time, there were no reports of a plane missing or one going down.
On Friday, a search by the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol began with a sweep of the plane’s presumed path, which led to Sloat’s home.
“I told them it sounded like it went up on my hill, and that’s where they went. And that’s where they found them,” she said.
Ladies Love Taildraggers is now remembering Elaine Huf as one of its beloved members for the last three years.
The website’s host, Judy Birchler, also said in a post that she is one of the last people to have seen the couple.
“They were flying to their farm strip PS50 when the T-50 went down in a thunderstorm just 3 miles from their field,” Birchler wrote.
“She was a fun, interesting, accomplished private pilot with Glider, Seaplane (in a 90hp Cub) and Instrument ratings,” Birchler continued. “She told me at Blakesburg she would rather have flown her ‘chubby’ Stinson or her pink ‘Rudloph’ to Blakesburg. Sorry that didn’t happen.”
She wrote that a service for the couple is pending.