A pilot and flying instructor were both pronounced dead after a small plane crashed on the CSX Railroad property in Selkirk Monday evening.
Bethlehem police identified the occupants as Nancy B. Gertzberg, 61, of Petersburgh, and Allan B. Richter, 48, of Delmar. Police said Gertzberg was piloting the flight, while Richter was the co-pilot and flight instructor. The cause of the incident is still unknown.
Police said the single engine Cessna plane had just taken off from the South Albany Airport prior to crashing into a car hauler rail train car at CSX Railroad. The department first received called about the crash around 4:50 p.m.
The Bethlehem Police Department continues to investigative this incident with the assistance of the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Airline Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, and CSX officials. Representatives of all investigating agencies, as well as the Selkirk Fire Department will remain on the scene throughout the day today to continue this investigation.
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