A pilot was killed and a passenger was seriously injured when a small plane crashed just after takeoff near the Provincetown Municipal Airport late last night, state police said. The crash site can be seen in this aerial photo.
Cape Cod Times/Merrily Cassidy
PROVINCETOWN – 8/31/2011 – A Medflight helicopter at Provincetown Municipal Airport picks up a victim from a plane crash that occurrred near the airport late last night.
Cape Cod Times/Mary Ann Bragg
A pilot was killed and a passenger was seriously injured when a small plane crashed near the Provincetown Airport late last night, according to state police.
The pilot, an adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said. His passenger, an adult woman, was taken by medical helicopter to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.
State police and the Federal Aviation Administration are not identifying the victims at this time.
Preliminary evidence indicates that the plane crashed shortly after taking off at 11 p.m. from the runway and banked to its left, the state police said.
The single-engine aircraft was found about 200 yards into the woods south of the runway at the west end of the airport.
According to an FAA online database, the plane is a fixed-wing, single-engine Piper PA-28-181 registered to Stanley J. Wisniewski, 47, of North Falmouth. The plane was manufactured in 1978, according to the FAA.
The plane has been parked at the Falmouth Airpark, a privately owned airport that is open to the public, said Edward Stedleman, president of the Falmouth Airpark Homeowners Association. He could not say if the plane had left the airpark Wednesday or who was flying it.
He said the East Falmouth airpark, which has paved and lighted runways, usually shuts down at 11 p.m.
Stedleman confirmed the plane was one of about 14 aircraft that are regularly “tied down” at the facility when not in use. About 40 planes are kept at the airport - 14 are regularly stored in hangars rented to the public, 14 “tied down” and the remainder belong to homeowners in the association who store their planes in garage/hangar attached to the houses.
A US Coast Guard helicopter was in the area at the time of the crash and its pilot witnessed the crash. The helicopter landed at the airfield and its crew helped rescue the surviving victim from the wreckage.
The crash scene has been documented by the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Investigators from the Massachusetts State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission remain on scene at this time.
PROVINCETOWN — One person was killed and a second person was seriously injured when a small plane crashed near the Provincetown Airport late last night, according to state police.
The male pilot died in the crash and a female passenger was injured, according to state police this morning.
The plane crashed deep in the woods southwest of the airport runway around 11 p.m. A Coast Guard helicopter transported the victim from the site of the crash to the main landing area at the airport terminal, where a medical helicopter airlifted the victim to a Boston hospital at 11:25 p.m.
The names of the victims were not available this morning.
State police spokesman David Procopio told The Associated Press that troopers at the scene were awaiting the arrival of state police detectives and crime scene investigators.
The Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission is providing assistance. Shortly after the crash, Provincetown Fire Department personnel extinguished a fire where the plane went down.
Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told the AP early today that the FAA is sending investigators to the crash site. He said it was not immediately known if the accident took place on takeoff or landing or the type of plane involved.
Shortly after the crash was reported, a Coast Guard helicopter searched the darkened far end of the airport runway, closest to Hatches Harbor, and several emergency vehicles were parked in the area with lights flashing. Rangers and firefighters from the Cape Cod National Seashore as well as firefighters and police passed through a gate near the terminal onto the runway.
The airport, at 176 Race Point Road, is surrounded by a tall fence and is located in and near marshlands and tidal flats within the Seashore. The airport terminal was closed at the time.
Initial reports indicated that personnel from Coast Guard Boston saw the crash and alerted rescue crews. A spokesman from the public affairs office of the Coast Guard in Boston could not confirm this late Wednesday night.
Reporter Robert Gold and information from The Associated Press contributed to this story.
NTSB investigates Provincetown crash that killed pilot, injured passenger
The pilot of a small aircraft was killed and his female passenger was seriously injured when their plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the Provincetown Municipal Airport Wednesday night, officials said.
The identities of the pilot and the passenger have not been released.
The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the fatal crash along with the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission.
According to Federal Aviation Administration records and the NTSB, the aircraft, a Piper 28A-181, is registered to a Falmouth man.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew witnessed the crash and then landed to assist with rescue efforts. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.
The passenger, a woman, was extricated by the Coast Guard crew and others. She was Medflighted to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston with what State Police said were non-life threatening injuries.
According to State Police and the FAA, the plane took off, banked left, then crashed around 11:20 p.m. in a wooded area about 500 yards from the runway.
Provincetown plane crash, with pilot killed, woman passenger hurt, under investigation by state police
PROVINCETOWN – State police continued Thursday morning to investigate a late night plane crash on Cape Cod that killed one man and a seriously injured a woman.
Authorities say the small plane went down about 200 yards into the woods south of the runway at the west end of Municipal Airport in Provincetown shortly after taking off at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The pilot, an adult male was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state police spokesman Dave Procopio. The passenger, an adult woman, was flown to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with serious injuries not initially believed to be life-threatening.
Police did not immediately release the victims’ name pending notification of next-of-kin of the man who was killed.
Preliminary evidence indicates that the plane crashed shortly after taking off from the runway and banking to its left, Procopio said. He said the crash was witnessed by the pilot of a U. S. Coast Guard helicopter that was in the area at the time. The helicopter landed at the airfield and its crew helped rescue the surviving victim from the wreckage, he said.
Investigators from the Massachusetts State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission remain on scene at this time.