NTSB Identification: ERA16LA267
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 23, 2016 in East Haddam, CT
Aircraft: TEMPLE BENJAMIN FREEDOM MASTER FM-2, registration: N282XT
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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On July 23, 2016, about 1700 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Freedom Master FM-2, N282XT, was substantially damaged when it impacted a house shortly after takeoff from Goodspeed Airport (42B), East Haddam, Connecticut. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the personal flight that was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to witnesses, the pilot performed an engine run-up and then departed the airport. The airplane climbed to about 400 feet above ground level, "banked hard left," entered a spin, and then descended behind trees. A witness video recorded the airplane in the spin, which revealed that the engine was operating until it impacted a house.
The airplane impacted the house in a nose low attitude and came to rest inside the structure. The wings, fuselage, and empennage were substantially damaged during the accident sequence. The propeller remained attached to the engine and exhibited chordwise scratching. Furthermore, an odor consistent with aviation fuel was noted at the accident site.
The sole occupant of the plane, Benjamin Temple, 46, of East Rockway, NY, was seriously injured and LifeStar took him to the hospital, according to state police.
There were no reported injuries to the homeowner or anyone on the ground.
Power lines were also impacted.
The FAA is on scene and the State Aviation Inspector and DEEP are on the way. The Haddam Building Inspector is on hand to check the condition of the house.
This is a FAA investigation, with state police assisting.
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HADDAM — The pilot of a single-engine plane was injured when it crashed onto the roof of a house on Little Meadow Road, near Eagles Landing, on Saturday afternoon, state police said.
The man was badly hurt, but said a couple of words to first responders, according to Joe Smith, a veteran of the U.S. Coast guard who was in his motorboat on the Connecticut River when he saw the plane crash and rushed to help. He said that the residents of the house were there at the time, but that it didn't appear anyone else was injured.
The LifeStar helicopter was called in to take the person to a hospital, State Trooper Kelly Grant said. His condition was not available Saturday evening.
Smith said the plane was flying near the Goodspeed Airport, which is across the river from the crash site, about 4 p.m. when it started dropping fast.
"We saw a plane that was flying right above the Goodspeed Airport. It started spiraling downward. We weren't sure if it was a trick or what," he said.
But when the plane didn't reappear above the tree line, he was sure it had crashed. Smith said he sped to the riverbank near where the plane had gone out of sight and dashed up to find that the plane was on the roof of a house.
"The plane crashed into the house, nose first," he said. "Both wings were pulled off."
He and several other people climbed onto the roof and helped to extricate a man from the plane. "We pulled him out of the plane and then just kept him stable" until help arrived, Smith said.
He said the man was badly injured, but was able to say a couple of words. Smith said there was a large amount of fuel leaking from the plane.
Grant said Eversource was contacted because power lines or poles have been affected.
A spokeswoman for Eversource that that the utility shut down power to almost 300 powers to enable the rescue effort to proceed safely. She said at 6 p.m. that she expects power to be restored within the next few hours.
The FAA is investigating, with the state police, and the state aviation inspector and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also were heading to the scene, Grant said. The Haddam building inspector was checking the integrity of residence, she said.
The plane crashed around 4 p.m. on Little Meadow Road.
Nearly three hundred residents in the area are without power after Eversource crews intentionally cut power to the area. Officials said power lines may be down.
State police said no one inside the home was injured.
A HazMat team from The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, DEEP, has been called in to assist.
HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — A small plane has crashed into a house in Haddam on Saturday afternoon.
State police say a twin engine plane crashed into a house on Little Meadow Road near Eagles Landing in Haddam around 4 p.m. Saturday.
LifeStar responded and took the pilot to the hospital. Police say an elderly man was inside the home at the time, but he is OK.
Eversource was also contacted due to damaged power lines. As of 4:50 p.m. Eversource is reporting nearly 300 outages in Haddam.