Bernie and Leeann Kelly of Ellicott City were among five victims in Pennsylvania crash. (WJZ video)

Thunderstorms and heavy fog were rolling through northeastern Pennsylvania's rugged terrain Saturday night when a small helicopter crashed, killing all five people on board, including three from the Baltimore area.

The local medical examiner's office identified the passengers as Bernard Michael Kelly, 58, of Ellicott City; his daughter, Leanna Mee Kelly, 27, of Savage; David Ernest Jenny Jr., 30, of Towson; Carl Robert Woodland, 29, of Lovettsville, Va.; and his son, Noah Robert McKain Woodland, 3.

It's too soon for investigators to say if the bad weather and reduced visibility played a role in the accident near Noxen, Pa., just west of Scranton. A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which is handling the crash investigation, said it has only just begun its examination of the wreckage and has not determined the cause of the crash.

Jenny’s family is in "incomprehensible" pain, his brother, Joshua, said Tuesday.

Joshua Jenny called his brother "a truly great man whom countless people loved and adored."

Kyle Andersen, a friend of the Kelly family, released a statement on their behalf and said the family asked for privacy.

"The members of the family of Bernie Kelly and Leanna Kelly are devastated by their tragic and untimely loss, along with the loss of the other friends on board the helicopter that crashed in northeastern Pennsylvania this past weekend," the statement said.

A woman who answered the phone at the Jenny home in Kintnersville, Pa., identified herself as David Jenny's mother and said the family did not wish to speak publicly about their loss.

"We are struggling to put one foot in front of the other," she said. "We can barely speak to each other."

The mother of Carl Woodland also declined to comment when reached by telephone.

The Wyoming County, Pa., coroner's office ruled all the deaths accidental and said they were a result of traumatic injuries.

The Robinson R66 helicopter was on its way from Tri Cities Airport in Endicott, N.Y., to Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Lehighton, Pa., according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which also is investigating the crash.

The five-seat helicopter lost radar and communication contact shortly after its pilot radioed air traffic controllers in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and requested directions to fly to a small airport in Tunkhannock, Pa., said Peter Knudson, an NTSB spokesman.

The helicopter's wreckage was discovered about 2 p.m. Sunday. Knudson said there was heavy fog in the area as rescuers attempted a search Saturday night and Sunday morning. The crash is believed to have happened about 10:20 p.m. Saturday, he said.

It's unclear who was piloting the helicopter at the time of the crash.

Phyllis Hayes, who has lived two houses down from the Kellys for 14 years, described Bernard Kelly as "just the nicest man you would ever want to meet." The family adopted two sets of twins from Korea, she said. Leanna Kelly was one of those children.

A couple of winters ago, Hayes said, she lost control of her car when her driveway became slick with ice, getting stuck in a snowbank. Bernard Kelly and another neighbor came to her rescue, with Kelly steering and the other neighbor pushing the car out, she said.

"It was just amazing," Hayes said.

Other neighbors of the Kellys declined to comment, either out of respect for the family or because they were too upset.

A former employer of Jenny's, Dave Gambale, said Jenny worked for him in fugitive recovery before leaving to pursue work as a helicopter pilot.