JEANNETTE, Pa. - A Father's Day skydiving trip turned tragic when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing four of the five people on board.
Witnesses told authorities they heard the Cessna 205's engine sputter and cut out before the crash Sunday at Greensburg-Jeannette Regional Airport, about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
The aircraft apparently clipped four trees when it crashed about 100 feet from the runway, said Ron Supancic, chief of the Claridge Volunteer Fire Department.
Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation Monday.
Investigators were examining the wreckage and the engine, and researching flight and maintenance records, said Jill Andrews, an air safety investigator. A preliminary report could be complete in about a week, Andrews said.