Small plane from Vermont crash-lands in Pennsylvania

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 10:26 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2020 at 6:11 AM EDT
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MOOSIC, Pa. (WCAX) - A small plane on a flight from Vermont crash-landed on a residential street in Pennsylvania, injuring the pilot and a passenger.

Sources tell WCAX News the plane left Burlington at about 7 p.m. last night.

The single-engine plane was trying to land at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport when the pilot apparently had engine trouble and crash-landed the plane on Stone Street.

“I guess he was having engine problems and he notified the airport that he was, he was going down, I guess he was trying to get to a highway,” said Chief Rick Janesko with the Moosic Police.

The plane took down power lines and left more than 500 customers without electricity.

Neighbors say they are shaken up.

“So my dad and a woman carrying bleeding guy over, and then I come over and help,” said Tyler Hoskins, the plane crashed near his house. “Still shaken up a little bit. Everyone’s still just like, I don’t even know. We’re just all just all together as a family. And we’re just kind of like being there for each other.”

Witnesses described hearing a loud noise and then the lights went out.

“He was really a super pilot. It looks like he just made a runway out of my neighborhood,” said Robert Davis, a neighbor.

Sources tell WCAX the pilot, Donald Harper, is from Maryland. Police said the pilot and a passenger had injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Nobody on the ground was injured.

The plane came to a rest with damage to its nose, wings and landing gear.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating.

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