Officials identify both victims killed in Bucks County plane crash

Alfred George Piranian, 74, and Brian Filippini, 55, died from multiple blunt injuries suffered during the crash.
HILLTOWN TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Bucks County officials have identified both victims Saturday involved in the single-engine airplane crash that occurred Thursday in Perkasie.

Alfred George Piranian, 74, from Chalfont, and Brian Filippini, 55, from Philadelphia, died from multiple blunt injuries suffered during the crash at the intersection of Brittany and Victoria Lanes.

Officials have notified their next of kin and offered their condolences.

An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board was in Hilltown Township, Bucks County on Friday morning investigating the crash.

Filippini, was a husband and father of three who owned the plane.

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A propeller sliced through the upstairs Bucks County bedroom of Brian Rush and landed near a crib.



NTSB investigator Robert Gretz said this was a commercial instructional flight.

"Meaning one of the pilots already had a private pilot license but was training to receive their commercial pilot license," he said.

A doorbell camera captured the sound of the plane's engine shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the plane departed from Doylestown Airport and was en route to Gunden Airport in Perkasie.

The single-engine aircraft went down right near Pennridge Central Middle School.


Tariq Thomas' work truck was parked nearby and also caught fire.

"Looked out the door and saw everything was in flames," said Thomas, who ran up from his basement. "I just feel really bad for the two lost lives."

A propeller sliced through the upstairs bedroom of Brian Rush, the son-in-law of Thomas.

A propeller sliced through Brian Rush's upstairs bedroom.

Courtesy: Brian Rush



"I got a call that a plane crashed in front of my house," said Rush.

Rush's granddaughter usually spends the afternoon there with his wife, napping in a crib.

A propeller sliced through Brian Rush's upstairs bedroom.

Brian Rush


In one photo, the crib can be seen near the hole in the wall where the propeller entered the home.

Brian's granddaughter usually spends the afternoon in the bedroom. The crib is where she naps, but she wasn't there at the time.

Brian Rush



"Luckily, they weren't here yesterday. They normally are," Rush said. "They were up at my daughter's house instead."

A propeller sliced through Brian Rush's upstairs bedroom.

Brian Rush



The wreckage will be moved to a hangar for further investigation.

"Really we are looking at the pilot, the machine, and the environment, and with the machine we want to make sure obviously the entire airplane is here and that there's nothing missing. We'll just go through, document the airframe, document the engine- really look for any anomalies," Gretz explained.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the FAA, NTSB, and the Hilltown Township Police Department.
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