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Investigators Looking into Cause of Deadly Plane Crash

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP — Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were in Susquehanna County Saturday looking into the cause of a ...
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BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP -- Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were in Susquehanna County Saturday looking into the cause of a plane crash that took the life of a man from Montrose.

According to officials, Rodney Hunsinger, 66, died in the crash.

Authorities say the plane went down in a field on Spring Valley Road off of Route 29 near Montrose Friday night.

"When we drove by, it was a mess. There was a lot of people around, crying, everyone knew who he was. Great guy. I just can't say anymore. He was a great guy," said Teresa Whitney of Montrose.

Folks who live near the crash site say the news of Hunsinger's death has hit the community hard. It was especially hard for people who work at Marzar's Green View Diner near the Village Green in Montrose. Hunsinger was a regular there.

"He was one person who always helped the community," said Tammy Jones Morris of Montrose. "If you needed something he was always there for you.  He would come in and have lunch or dinner."

Not far from the crash site is Hunsinger's home where he has a private landing strip.

According to investigators, they are not sure as to whether or not that's where he was heading. They say those results and many other will take time to come in.

"Over all the factual report will come out in about a year and then the probable cause will come out after that," said Heidi Moats, NTSB Air Safety Investigator.

Meanwhile, folks say they will remember Hunsinger for the person and flying enthusiast he was.

Whitney added, "He would circle around and everybody would see him and you know it was for fun. But I don't know, I just I can't even believe it even happened. Big, big loss to the community."

Investigators expect to be on scene throughout the weekend. Spring Valley Road will stay open during that time.

No one else was hurt in that deadly plane crash in Susquehanna County.