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Small plane crashes at Morrisville-Stowe Airport

Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 12:53 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2020 at 6:43 PM EDT
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MORRISTOWN, Vt. (WCAX) - Two people are in the hospital with serious injuries after a plane crash in Morristown.

Police say the people are both from New York but they aren’t releasing their names yet.

We know two helicopters transported them from the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport to the UVM Medical Center.

Police say the crash happened at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

They say a preliminary investigation shows the two people onboard were practicing touch-and-go landings. Police say it looks like they crashed trying to land on the runway or the lawn next to it.

When Morristown and Stowe police arrived at the scene, they found two occupants with serious injuries. Police wouldn’t say if they were life-threatening.

Firefighters cut both people out of the plane and police say they were in the air headed to the hospital within 15 minutes of the crash.

“The passenger compartment was very tight for two people and given the injuries sustained by both parties, it was more prudent to cut open the plane using the fire department’s tools than it was to try to pull them out. Time was a factor. The plane was leaking a substantial amount of fuel, so safety concerns obviously for that,” Morristown Police Ofc. Nathan Wolfe said.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation helped with the cleanup and the airport is back open after closing for a few hours.

The Federal Aviation Administration is taking over the investigation. The plane is being kept at the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport until FAA personnel can respond.

The FAA said in a statement the plane is a single-engine Cessna 170. FAA records show it’s registered to a Josh Schwartzberg of Essex, New York. A Josh Schwartzberg is also listed as an owner of Bonebender Airport in Essex.

Police say they’re waiting to release the people’s identities until after the families are notified.

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