Monday, September 10, 2018

Avid Magnum, N2137G: Accident occurred September 06, 2018 in Carrabassett Valley, Franklin County, Maine

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA538
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 06, 2018 in Carrabasset Valley, ME
Aircraft: Avid AVID MAGNUM, registration: N2137G

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Crashed into mountain.

Date: 06-SEP-18
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N2137G
Aircraft Model: AVID MAGNUM
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: MAINE

Two Vermont residents escaped serious injury today, after their small plane crashed into the side of Bigelow Mountain Range in Wyman Township Thursday morning.

According to Stephen McCausland, the spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred at roughly 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Inside the plane was pilot and owner, Frank Gibney of Colchester, Vt., as well as a single passenger, Diane Muhr, also of Colchester, Vt. Both individuals were described as being in their mid-60s. Their planned destination was the International Seaplane Fly-In, an annual event held in Greenville that brings "thousands of participants and spectators to the Moosehead Region," according to the event's website.

The float plane piloted by Gibney was flying alongside a second plane piloted by an acquaintance Thursday morning when weather caused a loss of visibility. Gibney's plane crashed into trees on the Bigelow Mountain range.

The friend contacted the Maine Warden Service office in Greenville, and a team of Wardens, Forest Rangers and Maine State Police troopers responded to the crash site, located in in Wyman Township, part of the Unorganized Territory north of Carrabassett. First responders from Eustis, Carrabassett Valley and Kingfield also responded to the area. A Maine Forest Service helicopter helped transport first responders closer to the crash site.

Both Gibney and Muhr escaped injury in the crash. They proceeded to hike about half a mile up the mountain and then walked out of the woods along the Appalachian Trail.

McCausland said that the crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, which will send an investigator to the site.

Original article can be found here ➤

A couple from Vermont escaped injury Thursday when their small plane crashed into the side of the Bigelow Mountain Range in bad weather, authorities said.

The floatplane was headed to the Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In when it crashed in Wyman Township, a section of unorganized territory just north of Carrabassett Valley, according to a news release from Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.

Frank Gibney, of Colchester, Vermont, is the owner of the plane and was piloting it around 10:30 a.m. Thursday when the crash occurred.

Gibney told troopers he was flying alongside another plane, piloted by a friend, when he lost visibility because of the weather and crashed into trees.

Gibney and his passenger, Diane Muhr, also of Colchester, were uninjured. The pair are in their mid-60s and hiked up the mountain about half a mile to the Appalachian Trail, McCausland said.

Meanwhile, the friend notified the Maine Warden Service in Greenville and a team of game wardens, forest rangers and state troopers responded to the scene.

First responders from Carrabassett Valley, Eustis and Kingfield also responded and a Maine Forest Service helicopter helped transport responders to the mountain.

The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, which will send an investigator to the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤

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