No survivors in helicopter crash

By Erika Mahoney
By Chelsea Bishop

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 11:04 AM EDT

Noxen Township, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Pennsylvania State Police confirmed a deadly helicopter crash in Wyoming County.

According to CBS affiliate WBRE, the crash happened Saturday night in a rugged area of northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wyoming County Coroner Thomas Kukuchka said four adults and one child were killed. He said that included a man and his son, another man and his daughter, and the pilot.

The five people killed were reportedly from Kintnersville, Pa., Leesburg, Va., and Ellicot City, Md.

Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, a strong rainstorm was moving through Wyoming County, and is believed to be the cause of the crash.

WBRE said Kukuchka claimed the pilot reported losing altitude just before air traffic controllers at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport lost track of the helicopter.

According to an employee at the Greater Binghamton Airport, the helicopter departed from the Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott. It then made contact with the Federal Aviation Administration tower at the Binghamton airport and was then sent to the FAA tower in Scranton.

The helicopter was bound for an airport in Lehighton in Carbon County.

Ground search crews located the crashed helicopter Sunday afternoon on South Mountain in Noxen Township.

The FAA said the National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation.