Two people were killed about 5:30 a.m. Thursday when a small plane crashed in an Adams County field just east of Biglerville.
Two people were killed about 5:30 a.m. Thursday when a small plane crashed in an Adams County field just east of Biglerville. (Photo courtesy of Mark Anstine)

It may take several days to confirm the identities of two people killed Thursday morning in a plane crash outside Biglerville, Adams County Coroner Pat Felix said.

"Even though we're pretty sure, we need to be positive," she said Friday.

Felix said neither of the people killed lived in York or Adams counties.

The coroner said she feels fairly confident dental records will be sufficient to make those identifications, but if for some reason doubts remain, then DNA analysis could be done.

Autopsies on the two victims were scheduled for Friday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital, she said. Then, a forensic odontologist will have to review dental records to confirm the victims' identities, Felix said.

The crash: A Piper PA30 Twin Comanche crashed in a field along the 800 block of Old Carlisle Road in Butler Township about 5:30 a.m., according to Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman.

The crash scattered debris over a quarter-mile area, he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, Hicks said, and state police are assisting.

Hicks said people in the area reported hearing what sounded like engine trouble coming from the plane prior to the crash.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.