3 killed after Ontariobound small plane crashes in Pennsylvania

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AUSTIN, Pa. – A small airplane that lost contact with flight controllers while flying from Virginia to Ontario has crashed in Pennsylvania, with all three occupants killed.

Potter County Coroner Kevin J. Dusenbury Sr. confirmed the deaths Tuesday but said he won’t be releasing additional information. The victims’ relatives are notified.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Piper PA-28 took off Sunday from Richmond International Airport in Virginia and was headed to St. Catharines/Niagara District Airport.

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The coroner says the wreckage was found late Monday in Keating Township in southern Potter County, which is about 240 kilometres northeast of Pittsburgh.

The FAA lost contact with the flight over Potter County about 7 p.m. Sunday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is heading the crash investigation.