Chopper in fatal Pa. crash was nearing airport

October 11, 2012 5:04:46 AM PDT
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board says a helicopter involved in a crash that killed two people and injured a third in northeastern Pennsylvania had hit trees as it approached an airport.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson says the helicopter crashed after striking the trees. Authorities say the site of Tuesday night's crash site in Coolbaugh Township is about a mile from the airport.

The NTSB says it will be conducting an investigation on the crash throughout the week.

Authorities have identified the victims as 52-year-old William Ellsworth, of Califon N.J., and 51-year-old Tighe Sullivan, of Darien, Conn. A third man, Stephen Barral, of Bernardsville, N.J., was seriously hurt.

Officials say the men were on their way back from a golf outing in New York and hit bad weather.