Two prominent local businessmen die in helicopter crash

Mark Croce and Michael Capriotto die in Pennsylvania crash

WBEN Newsroom
January 10, 2020 - 6:34 am
Helicopter wreckage

Helicopter Wreckage/via AP Video


UPDATE: NTSB investigators will continue their investigation this weekend into the helicopter crash that took the lives of Mark Croce and Michael Capriotto.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. (WBEN) - Two prominent Buffalo area businessmen are dead following the crash of a helicopter outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The Cumberland County Coroner has identified the two men that died in a helicopter crash in Silver Spring Township Thursday night as Mark D. Croce and Michael Capriotto, both of Orchard Park, New York. Croce is a Buffalo developer and restauranteur and owner of the Statler and Curtiss Hotel in Buffalo and Capriotto owns businesses in Orchard Park.

No one on the ground was injured in the Thursday night crash, Cumberland County spokesman John Bruetsch told news outlets.

Reporter Joe Ducey with WHP TV tells WBEN he spoke with people in the neighborhood where the crash occurred and said, "they heard a helicopter overhead then heard a popping noise".  While debris is scattered across several properties, no word of any injuries on the ground in the crash.

Sources say Croce, 58, was piloting, and Capriotto, 63, was a passenger.

Pictures and video of the crash site from news outlets show a residential neighborhood that's part of Silver Spring Township, near Mechanicsburg. The helicopter crashed behind a residence where people were home at the time, Bruetsch said, and there was a large debris field. But the home wasn't damaged.

The helicopter wasn't medical, Bruetsch said, but no further details regarding its provenance were immediately available.

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately clear. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were to investigate, Bruetsch said.

Bruetsch said the investigation would be a "long, drawn-out process."

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