The plane that crashed in the Salisbury Township community belonged to a flight school.

According to documents, the small plane that crashed in a Lehigh County front yard, killing a 49-year-old man, was owned by a local flying training school. According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the single-engine Piper PA-28 was registered to ProFlite Aero Services. According to the school’s website, ProFlite’s office and flight simulator are located in Palmer Township, Northampton County, just outside of Easton.

The county coroner stated the person who died when the plane crashed Wednesday afternoon was 49 years old, but due to the severity of the disaster, dental x-rays will be used to establish the man’s identity.

ProFlite rents airport space at Queen City Airport. According to aviation records, a jet took off from Allentown’s Queen City airport at 1:37 p.m. Wednesday and was barely in the air for three minutes. The plane crashed at about 1:40 p.m. in the yard of a residence in Salisbury Township’s 1400 block of Keystone Road, near Little Lehigh Creek.

According to witnesses, a second individual on board was retrieved from the debris after shouting from the cockpit. The man was rushed to the hospital, but his condition is unknown. The jet nearly avoided residences before crashing and igniting flames. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into what caused the accident.

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