Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers on Thursday released information about the deaths of two men who died June 16 in a plane crash near University Park Airport.
Pilot Gary Orner, 60, of White Oak, and ophthalmological surgeon Robert Arffa, 62, of Pittsburgh, died “as a result of thermal injuries sustained” in the fiery crash, Sayers said in a release. He also revealed that there were no drugs or alcohol in either man’s system at the time of the crash, according to toxicology testing.
The plane went down at about 8:45 a.m. The tower could see smoke coming from the craft when it was in the air, Penn State spokeswoman Heather Robbins said in June.
The plane traveled round-trip to UPA every month when Arffa, a surgeon who had won awards for the videos he made demonstrating techniques, visited State College to operate on patients.
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Orner flew planes for several decades after studying at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in the 1970s.