Monday, August 12, 2019

Acro Sport II, N43032: Fatal accident occurred August 11, 2019 near Jersey Shore Airport (P96), Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Douglas B. Cromley
August 5, 1979 - August 11, 2019

Douglas B. Cromley, 40, of Lewisburg, died in a plane crash near Jersey Shore on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, 2019.

A native of Union County, he was born Aug. 5, 1979, in Lewisburg, a son of Orvis H. Cromley and Kelly (Asprey) Smith. He was married to the former Amanda J. Croll for nearly 15 years.

Douglas was a 1997 graduate of the Lewisburg High School.

He was a truck driver, passionately working with his father.

His greatest passion was being a flight instructor preceeding a successful business, Sky Boys Aviation.

He attended Trinity United Methodist Church of Winfield.

Douglas was CFI, CFII, MEI, and was a small engine and multi engine instructor. He loved to rebuild and work on antique cars. He enthusiastically supported his son in all sports activities, including wrestling, baseball and football. He received the Golden Instructor Award for all his flight students passing their test as future pilots on their first attempt.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Brady Cromley; his mother, Kelly and Jim Smith; father, Orvis and Jayne Cromley; siblings, Justin Cromley, Adam Cromley, Corissa Thomas, and Katie Crawford; nieces, Hadlee and Dollie Crawford; nephew, Madden Cromley; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Donald Croll; grandparents, Albert and Geraldine Asprey, and Loretta and Walter Cromley.

Friends and relatives will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Market and Eighth streets, Lewisburg, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Trinity United Methodist Church Winfield, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. Matthew Loyer and the Rev. Larry Siikanen officiating.

Burial will follow in the Lewisburg Cemetery.

Donations in Douglas' memory may be made to Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

David Clifford McCormick
June 21st, 1952 ~ August 11th, 2019 (age 67)

David Clifford McCormick, 67, was born on June 21, 1952 to Fred S. and Helen (Barto) McCormick.  Dave grew up in Dewart and then lived in later years in New Columbia, Spring Garden, Watsontown, and finally in Elimsport.

Dave became a Christian at a young age under the guidance of his mother and the members of Washington Presbyterian Church in Allenwood.

Dave graduated from Warrior Run High School in 1970 and specialized in Aviation Mechanics.  He always knew he wanted to be around airplanes.

On June 12, 1981 Dave married the love of his life, Christa Lee Bryan. Together they built a life full of friends and family.

He was employed by Eck’s Gargare, Inc. in Montoursville. 

Dave listed his accomplishments as:  getting his pilot’s license and building and test flying his own airplane.  His hobbies were collecting aviation memorabilia, Road Race MGB, Drag Race 1972 Corvette, Pit Crew, Spencer Racing, demolition derbies, motorcycle hill climbs and his beloved fly-ins.

He was a member of the AOPA, EAA, Sentimental Journey Fly-In, WRAP (Williamsport Area Pilots), and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He was a life-member of Piper Aviation Museum.

Surviving besides his wife, Christa Bryan-McCormick, are a brother, Jon McCormick and his wife Linda; two sisters: Linda Hackenberg and her husband David and Deb Kerstetter and her husband Bob.  He was a wonderful god-father of Ben and Casey Drick and also a devoted uncle to nieces and nephews: Amber and Chad Kerstetter, Jason, Chad, and Adam McCormick, Kyle and Kurtis Bryan, and Anne Jacobs, and Greg and Luke Olenginski. 

Family and friends are invited to a visition on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at Elimsport United Methodist Church, 16145 State Route 44 Highway, Allenwood where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 Noon with Pastor Michael Hill officiating.  

Burial will be held privately in Elimsport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Dave’s family suggests contributions in his memory be made either to his church or Piper Museum, One Piper Way, Lock Haven, PA 17745 or at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home and Cremation Svc, PC, 124 Main Street, Watsontown.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 11-AUG-19
Time: 17:54:50Z
Regis#: N43032
Aircraft Model: ACRO SPORT
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

NIPPENOSE TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania -- The Lycoming County coroner has identified the two men killed in a plane crash on Sunday.

The pilot, Douglas Cromley, 40, of Lewisburg, and a passenger, David McCormick, 67, of Allenwood, died in the small plane crash near the Jersey Shore Airport in Nippenose Township Sunday afternoon.

Cromley and McCormick crashed their home-built biplane just south of the grass runway at the Jersey Shore Airport in a cornfield. The plane crashed just a few moments after takeoff.

Cromley was the flight instructor at Skyboys Aviation where he taught beginners how to fly.

People who live close to the airport said they saw the plane flying very low to the ground just a few hours before the crash. One neighbor saw the crash as it happened.

"We saw the biplane take off down the runway, and it got to the end of the runaway and it got up in the air, and it looked almost like it was circling back to land, but then it looked like it was going to go over to do a stunt and it started heading down, straight down, and I looked up and said, 'What is he doing?' and, 'He better pull up,' and then everybody looked that way and it's like, he's not pulling up, and then he went completely down," Robin Tressler said.

Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday.

Officials with the FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash. So far, there is no indication what led to the deadly plane crash.

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Anonymous said...

approach/departure stalls? But we did those again yesterday! Kid...clouds and these stalls are what kills us all, so get in the plane.

skydad said...

Sounds almost like a turn back to the runway after an engine problem. Who knows for sure?