- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

ROSTRAVER, Pa. (AP) - Emergency crews have found a 60-year-old man dead amid his crashed ultralight helicopter, not far from a small western Pennsylvania airport where he failed to return.

The pilot is David Charletta, of West Newton.

Gabe Monzo, executive director of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority, tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1pthUVY ) that Charletta rented hangar space at Rostraver Airport, about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh.

He was flying a gyro-copter, a one-seat, single-engine helicopter.

The wreckage was found about 2,000 feet from the end of a runway, in a heavily wooded ravine.

Crews first searched for Charletta after he took off Wednesday but didn’t return to meet friends at the airport that night. The wreckage and the pilot’s body were found about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, about two hours after crews resumed searching.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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