Wreckage of home-built plane found, at least 1 dead

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STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The wreckage of a home-built plane has been found in a swampy, wooded area in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, and authorities say at least one person has been killed.

The plane, a two-seater called a Van’s RV-8, was discovered around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Monroe County, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Philadelphia.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane departed Pegasus Airpark near Stroudsburg around noon Tuesday and was reported missing Tuesday night.

Chief Leon Clapper of Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder says two people were killed. Coroner Thomas Yanac Jr. confirmed one death Wednesday afternoon. Emergency personnel are looking for a second victim reported to have been aboard the plane when it took off.

Clapper says the wreckage is “buried in the mud” and emergency crews are having trouble getting equipment to the site.

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