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News Article - May 19, 2008

TWO DEAD IN NORTHEAST PLANE CRASH  
  A small plane getting ready to land at a city airport crashed into a warehouse parking lot Thursday, killing two people. The plane, a Grumman AA-5 Tiger, went down at a warehouse near Northeast Philadelphia Airport just before noon. Two people inside the aircraft died, said Holly Baker, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman in Atlantic City, N.J. The plane was coming around to land at the time it crashed, Baker said. Marks on ground seemed to show that the plane first hit the parking lot and then skidded under a row of trailers parked along the warehouse.

   The burning wreckage appeared to char at least one of the trailers. City firefighters put out the blaze. The airplane was registered to Herbert Hortman. A message left for Hortman Aviation, a flight school and rental company at the airport, was not immediately returned. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, Baker said. Northeast Philadelphia Airport is the smaller of the city's two airports. Both it and Philadelphia International Airport, which is at the other end of the city, are owned and operated by the city government. Airport spokeswoman Phyllis VanIstendal referred calls to Hortman Aviation.


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Source - Philadelphia Inquirer/AP



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