State in Brief

Airline: Flight delayed after unauthorized access to plane

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a flight from Philadelphia to Boston was delayed and ultimately a different aircraft was used after a couple gained unauthorized access to the plane.

Officials said American Airlines Flight 1655 was slated to depart 8 a.m. Sunday, but two hours earlier, a man and woman walked on board through the doorway to the jet bridge and took their seats.

The door should have been locked prior to the formal boarding process.

American Airlines officials said the couple was discovered during boarding. They determined the pair was on the correct flight, but the plane was de-boarded, searched and another aircraft was used “out of caution.”

WCVB-TV reports the couple didn’t speak English.

American Airlines said it didn’t consider their boarding a security breach because they had gone through security.

Names of 2 people killed in motorcycle-car crash released

BRODHEADSVILLE (AP) — Authorities have released the names of a man and woman who were killed when their motorcycle hit a car in eastern Pennsylvania last week.

Officials in Monroe County said a motorcyclist cresting a hill on Toll Road in Chestnuthill Township on Wednesday afternoon ran into the rear of a car that had stopped for a school bus.

The county coroner’s office said 22-year-old Daniel Weir, of Effort, who was operating the motorcycle, died at the scene. His passenger, 20-year-old Faith Villano, of Pittston Township, was pronounced dead at Pocono Medical Center.

Authorities said speed was a factor in the crash. They said neither Weir nor Villano were wearing helmets.

Tractor-trailer-car crash kills woman and 2 children, injures 3 others

HARFORD (AP) — Authorities say an early morning crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer in northeastern Pennsylvania has claimed the lives of a woman and two children and injured three other people.

State police in Susquehanna County said the rig apparently struck the car from behind shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Harford Township.

Coroner Tim Rowland of Lackawanna County said the car driver — 25-year-old Alicia Stocks, of Rockaway, New York — was pronounced dead in the trauma center at Geisinger Community Medical Center.

Rowland said two children also were killed. Their names and ages weren’t immediately released.

Two other passengers from the car also were taken to the hospital along with the rig driver, who according to state police had minor injuries.

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