Hamburg, PA (near) Private Plane Crash, Apr 1992


Hamburg, Pa. (AP) -- A federal investigator says he has found no evidence of a mechanical failure in the wreckage of a twin-engine plane that crashed into a mountain, killing four people.
The Piper Aztec, an air taxi owned by Basco Flying Service, Inc., went down after missing a runway at Reading Regional Airport about 1 a.m. Friday, authorities said.
The cause of the crash was undetermined.
Because of fog and drizzle, the pilot apparently had no indication the plane was heading into the hillside, said Gregory A. Feith, and investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board.
The six-seater's wings were snapped off by the trees and the fuel from its tanks ignited just before it smashed into the hillside, Feith said.
"It's hard to do a thorough investigation on the side of a hill, but from our preliminary look, there doesn't seem to be any evidence of a mechanical malfunction or failure," Feith told the Reading Eagle.
A crew from Dawn Aeronautics Inc., New Castle, Del., was to begin recovering the debris today, according to Hollis C. Anglin, company president. The pieces will be transported to a warehouse for further examination by federal investigators.
Authorities said they would use dental records today to positively identify the victims, who were burned beyond recognition.
The victims were tentatively identified as:
JAMES LYNN CLARK, 32, of Reading, the pilot.
DAVID BLACKMORE, 34, of Mohnton.
ROGERT W. FOSSE, 42, of Pottstown.
NINA HARTUNG, 45, a businesswoman from Pottstown.
CLARK was originally listed by police as from Pottstown.

Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania 1992-04-18