Cause of plane crash determined

LOCK HAVEN – New information has become available about the Piper Cub plane crash on June 21.

The 1935 J-2 plane, which crashed into Scott Peter’s backyard at 807 E. Main St., appeared to have a non-functioning engine cylinder, according to Clyde Smith Jr., owner of Cub Restoration Services at the William T. Piper Memorial Airport.

The plane was visiting the Sentimental Journey Fly-in when the crash occured.

The pilot was identified as Steve Krog, of Hartford, Wisc., Smith said, but the plane he was operating, belongs to Mark Stewart of Erie

“Mark’s brother and another fella had just gotten back from taking that plane for a ride, and Mark wanted Steve to fly it, so he did,” Smith said.

Smith said there appeared to be no issues when the plane was in the air just before Krog took it for a spin.

Smith said shortly after Krog took off, he noticed the plane wasn’t gaining altitude and reportedly turned around to try to fly back to the airport but could not make it that far.

“Steve felt the plane going down and saw there was a house, a shed and a bush, and decided to aim for the bush because it had the softest landing impact,” Smith said.

Krog walked away from the accident uninjured, Smith said. “He has a little bit of a sore shoulder, but that’s about it.”

After the accident, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspected the plane.

“The FAA checked the engine after the accident and found that one cylinder had no compression,” Smith said.

Smith said the National Transportation Safety Board was in Lock Haven Tuesday investigating as well.

Despite the accident, Smith said the owner plans on bringing the plane back to the Sentimental Journey Fly-in next year.

Apparently, all the damage on the plane is reparable.

“The airplane will be back next year,” Smith said. “There wings were mostly damaged but that’s about it.”