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Hospitalized pilot injured in plane crash improving, doctors say

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 29 2014 10:51:23 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 29 2014 05:10:51 PM CDT

A pilot who was injured when his small plane crashed in Berks County earlier this week is improving.

WEST READING, Pa. -

A pilot who was injured when his small plane crashed in Berks County earlier this week is improving.

Doctors at Reading Hospital on Friday upgraded John Bertagna's condition to fair. He had been in serious condition.

Bertagna's passenger, Steven Bosshard, of Manasquan, New Jersey, remains hospitalized in good condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Both men were injured Wednesday afternoon when the small plane they were flying crashed on the grass airstrip Bertagna owns in Amity Township, officials said.

Bertagna was described by his neighbors as a skilled pilot who flew planes while in the Marines and for commercial airlines.

Neighbors said the crashed plane was only about a month old. Records indicated it was a 2014 Just Hylander model.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. An NTSB representative told 69 News that it could take between six months and a year to determine what caused the plane to go down.