Fort Wayne family's plane crashed in Pennsylvania

Fort Wayne family's plane crashed in Pennsylvania

Posted: Nov 27, 2017 7:24 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2017 9:21 AM

Dispatcher "911 what is the address of your emergency?"


Doug Zollinger: "Umm, I have no idea what my address is. I just crashed my plane."

This was the 911 call after Doug Zollinger's plane crashed on Saturday. The Zollinger family, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was traveling to Altoona, Pennsylvania from Branson, Missouri to watch their nephew's football game when their plane crashed just outside the Ebensburg airport.

Doug said he hit his head during the crash, so other members of the family had to talk to first responders. Dispatchers worked for over an hour to locate the Zollingers, having to use ground and air support.

It wasn't an easy rescue, as the plane was badly damaged. The rescue required the jaws of life and ATV vehichles to get to the Zollingers. Eventually, all four family members were rescued and taken to an area hospital.

Officials at the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have not released the cause of the crash, which is still under investigation.

According to Conemaugh Health System officials as of Monday morning, all four members of the family were last listed in stable condition.

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