Authorities ID man killed in small plane crash at airport

A man was taken to the hospital after a small plane crashed Thursday morning near the southeast corner of Spanaway Airport. Graham dead at the scene at 4:47 p.m.

A touch and go involves landing on a runway and taking off again without coming to a full stop, circling the airport and repeating the maneuver, allowing the pilot to practice many landings in a short time.

The 1940s Howard aircraft came to a rest in a wooded area and caught fire near the county-owned airport at 605 Airport Road in Rostraver Township.

Emergency crews in Westmoreland County were called to Rostraver Airport Wednesday afternoon after the plane went down. FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said authorities were unable to confirm the type and registration number of the plane because of fire damage.

The crash occurred around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which also investigated the scene along with the Rostraver Township Police Department.

Monzo said rescuers determined Graham was flying alone.

"It's always tough", said Monzo. "We've been involved with a lot of these over the years and you hate to see it. Tough on everybody on the aviation community".

An autopsy will be performed Thursday, April 13.

  • Larry Hoffman