According to a report in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Gerald Fritz said the victims have been tentatively identified as Edward Francis Sobota, 65, of Unity, and Theodore P. Kokolis, 66, of Moon. Their identities are expected to be confirmed after autopsies today, Mr. Fritz said.
The two men were both experienced pilots making a familiarization trip in the recently purchased airplane. It is not known who was flying the plane when it spiralled into the house around 9:20 am.
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"He just called and told me the house blew up," Ms. Yanko told the paper. "He didn't know a plane had hit. Why would there be a plane in your roof, especially out here, in the middle of nowhere?"
Neighbors who witnessed the accident said they heard sputtering noise followed by a loud explosion. The impact shook neighboring houses. The Yanko's house was engulfed in flames, as was the wreck of the twin engine plane. The fire burned for over an hour, before fire crews managed to get it under control. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate and determine the cause of the crash.