UPDATE (2:45 p.m.): A statement released by the Federal Aviation Administration says that the plane involved in this morning’s crash was a Zodiac Lite sport aircraft.

The statement says that the plane crashed in a wooded area approximately two miles east of Bradford County Airport.

The FAA, along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), will continue to investigate the crash and try to determine the probable cause. 


UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): 18 News has learned that, according to an eyewitness, a loud noise was heard before the plane crashed into the tree line after takeoff from the Bradford County airport around 11:40 a.m. this morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration, along with the Pennsylvania State Police at Towanda, and Bradford County emergency management are at the scene, which is described as ‘active’. 

Stay tuned to 18 News on air and online for the latest updates on this developing story.


The Bradford County coroner has confirmed that at least one person has died following a small plane crash near the Bradford County airport. 

First reports of the accident came in around 11:45 this morning.