NTSB: Plane broke apart
January 20, 2014 10:20 AM

BIGLERVILLE (AP) — Federal investigators said a small plane broke apart in the air before it crashed last month near Gettysburg, killing the pilot and his only passenger.

The National Transportation Safety Board report said debris from the plane was spread along a nearly half-mile path leading to the crash site in Butler Township, Adams County. The plane’s wings, rudder and horizontal stabilizer were found 1,000 feet from the main wreckage, the fuselage and engines.

The pilot, Michael C. Bronzburg, 46, and his girlfriend’s daughter, Miranda Rose, 17, died in the pre-dawn crash on Dec. 26. They lived in Catawissa, took off in Bloomsburg and were headed to Summerville Airport in South Carolina.

The NTSB’s preliminary report said investigators plan to focus on the Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche’s engines and propellers.

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