Plane makes emergency landing in Scranton


A special flight with the remains of a deceased baby had to make an emergency landing yesterday in a residential neighborhood south of Scranton.

The plane, and its volunteer pilot went down in a field in Spring Brook Township just before 11 AM.  

As Eric Deabill of our sister station WBRE explains, the plane was headed to our area.

It was just before 11:00 o’clock Tuesday morning when pilot Craig Groff of Lancaster county made an emergency landing in a field just off of O’hara road in Spring Brook Township. when he came to a stop, part of his single engine plane rested right on the road.

Arlene Barrett says “We saw the fire truck and police cars and cars parked all over the place, some with flashing lights.”

Angel flight east, a non profit organization which provides free air transportation for medically needy patients, says the pilot was carrying the remains of a deceased baby and was headed for Binghamton, New York when the emergency landing took place. a spokesman says the pilot is very experienced and was not hurt.

Audrey Bagtanski says “This happened 40 years ago with a larger plane. I guess people see the fields and you know, something happens to the planes and they’ve got to make emergency landings”

An investigator with the federal aviation administration is now looking into what led to the emergency landing. The pilot reported an engine related issue just before going down. 

Arlene Barrett says “It is a shame. it was a cute little plane” 

Just before 4:00 pm, the plane was lifted off the road and placed into a field. this is a residential neighborhood and people who live here are glad nobody got hurt.

“The strangest things happen in this area!,” Barrett says.

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