Two rescued from small plane crash near Washington, authorities say


By Tim ReidJuby Babu
  • World
  • Monday, 28 Nov 2022

A small airplane hangs about 100 feet (33 metres) above the ground after crashing into an electricity tower in Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S. November 27, 2022 in a still image from video. ABC affiliate WJLA via REUTERS

(Reuters) -Two seriously injured people trapped inside a small plane that crashed into high-voltage power lines near Washington, D.C. and caused mass outages have been rescued, authorities said early on Monday.

"Both patients have been transported to local area trauma centers with serious injuries," Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said in a press briefing, adding that the two people had suffered hypothermia and orthopedic and trauma-related injuries.

The aircraft crashed at about 5:30 p.m.(2230 GMT) in misty and wet conditions in Montgomery Village, Maryland, on Sunday, according to the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. It became caught up in live power lines about 100 feet (30 meters) from the ground.

Goldstein said crews had been able to electrically ground the plane at about 11.30 p.m. and it had been secured nearly 45 minutes later, with both patients coming down by 12.36 a.m.

Most power in the county has been restored, according to Goldstein. Two hospitals were back at full capacity after earlier being limited, he said.

Washington-area utility company Pepco said it had restored electric service for all customers who had been impacted by the incident. The company was continuing to stabilize energy infrastructure at the scene and assessing damage before beginning repairs, it added.

Crews were still working to remove the plane from power lines, the Montgomery County MD Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security said.

Goldstein said earlier that rescue officials were in contact with the occupants by calling their cell phones.

According to the FAA, the Mooney M20J aircraft was flying from Westchester, New York and had been due to land at Montgomery Airpark, close to the crash site.

(Reporting by Tim Reid and Juby Babu; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Bradley Perrett)

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In World

Hundreds of Afghans risk 11-country trek to seek haven in United States
Romanian court to rule on ex-kickboxer Tate's detention appeal
Boost for Ukraine as U.S. expected to send longer-range rockets
Red Cross: Hospitals in Ethiopia's Tigray region struggle to deliver care
Adani loses Asia's richest crown as stock rout deepens to $84 billion
Tech company CEO apologises for ‘insensitive’ use of Martin Luther King Jr quote in layoffs email
As ice recedes, Italian ship makes record journey into Antarctic
Cheaters beware: ChatGPT maker releases AI detection tool
French labour minister says raising pensions age is 'non-negotiable' despite mass protests
Tech industry job cuts come rapidly and in big numbers

Others Also Read