Two people trapped when small plane crashes into power lines in Maryland: Crews attempt high angle rescue as 80,000 homes and businesses lose power
- A pilot and a passenger are trapped on the plane but have not been injured.
- The plane crashed in Gaithersburg, 24 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
- Video and photos show the plane hanging 100 feet in the air from the tower.
- Utility company Pepco reported that around 80K customers are without power
A rescue is underway for a pilot and a passenger who were trapped when a small plane crashed into live power lines in a Maryland neighborhood Sunday night, causing widespread power outages.
Heartbreaking video captured the scene in Gaithersburg where the plane could be seen dangling 100 feet in the air from a power pylon.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service chief spokesman Pete Piringer tweeted that two people were on board the plane and were not injured.
Crews on scene are working to rescue people in a high angle rescue, WUSA9 informed. Authorities said it could take several hours before they are released from the plane.
Crews are performing a high-angle rescue for a pilot and passenger who were trapped when a small plane crashed into power lines in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Sunday night.
Officials responded to the scene of the crash around 5:40 p.m. in the area of Rothbury Drive and Goshen Road in Montgomery County near Gaithersburg, a small city about 24 miles northwest of Washington, DC.
The FAA issued a statement indicating that a single-engine Mooney M20J took off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York and crashed in Gaithersburg. The accident will be investigated.
The small plane remained stuck about 100 feet above the ground until Sunday night, and transmission lines remained live, complicating rescue efforts, Piringer told local news outlets.
“Everything is still energized right now,” he said.
Utility company Pepco reported that around 80,000 customers were without power in Montgomery County. Pepco said the plane came into contact with the company’s overhead transmission lines.
Heartbreaking photos and video captured the scene in Gaithersburg where the plane could be seen dangling 100 feet in the air from a power pylon.
The plane remained stuck about 100 feet above the ground and transmission lines remained live, complicating rescue efforts, authorities said.
Authorities responded to the crash around 5:40 p.m. in the area of Rothbury Drive and Goshen Road in Montgomery County near Gaithersburg, 24 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
“The company is evaluating damage and contingency opportunities to restore service to affected customers,” a Pepco spokesman said.
“Pepco is working closely with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services and is awaiting on-site clearance before crews can begin work to stabilize electrical infrastructure and begin restoring service.”
The Montgomery County Police Department is asking people to avoid the crash area as there are still live wires.
Piringer has not commented on a possible cause of the crash.
The FAA issued the following statement:
‘This information is preliminary and subject to change.
A single-engine M20J Mooney crashed into wires near the Montgomery County Air Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland at around 5:40 pm local time today. Two people were on board. The plane departed from the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.
The registration number is N201RF. You can search for the aircraft by its registration number on this web page.
No agency identifies the people involved in aviation accidents.