Then: Plane crash kills two

Now: Investigation continues

A September plane crash that claimed the lives of a husband and wife in Susquehanna County remains under investigation, but witness statements to the National Transportation Safety Board indicate the plane was flying into an electrical storm.

Thomas Huf and his wife, Elaine, died the night of Sept. 2 when their Cessna T-50 Bobcat collided with trees and terrain as they tried to maneuver a landing in their airstrip near Lenox Twp. They hit the first tree 45 feet above the ground and the second at 35 feet nearly 200 feet further along, according to the preliminary NTSB report.

The plane caught fire after the crash and the couple were burned beyond recognition.

Witnesses told the NTSB the night was dark and there was a bad storm in the area. A noise "like a World War II airplane" was just above the treeline flying east, according to the report. One witness caught sight of the plane as it rushed off toward "an enormous black cloud with lightning flashing out of it."

Another saw a flash at what would become known as the crash site. She wondered if was lightning or a fire.

Lockheed Martin Flight Services provided the NTSB with information that Mr. Huf received a weather briefing and was told visual flight was not recommended, according to the report.

A search party was sent out in the days following the crash because the couple missed an appointment with friends. Their deaths shook the community.

The investigation continues.

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