Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Cessna 208B, N143CA: Incident occurred April 26, 2021 in Laceyville, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aircraft struck a high tension wire while conducting touch and goes on a river. 

Haugland Group Aviation LLC

Date: 26-APR-21
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N143CA
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 208
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

LACEYVILLE, Pennsylvania — Utility workers spent most of the day replacing a pole and wires near Laceyville after a plane somehow flew into the pole, snapping the top off and ripping power lines.

Sue Hanley lives a couple of houses away and recalls when her quiet morning turned to chaos.

"I heard a plane, literally just outside my window. The noise and then the electric went out, as I was standing there and I thought, 'this is very odd.'"

The power was out for about 60 homes while crews worked to repair the lines.

First responders were out searching for the plane immediately, fearing that it crashed into the Susquehanna River or nearby. Crews never found any signs of the plane and called off the search, hoping that the pilot was able to safely land somewhere.

"First, I thought it might have been like an ultra-glide because it just was the noise was there, and that it was going that fast, almost like he turned his engine off, turn it back on, and then turned it off again, I don't know, very weird," Hanley said.

Many of the homes are seasonal and Hanley was glad the plane didn't cause nearly as much damage as it could have.

"There's also trees and houses, and I don't know how the person managed to do that so well and keep going. It was like a hit and run. He's lucky, like he didn't take down houses with him. Because, and I mean, those people weren't living there but I was living in my house."

The fire chief said that they did get word Monday afternoon that the plane landed somewhere in New York State. There's no word on when or if any charges will be filed.

BRAINTRIM TOWNSHIP, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A small plane, with five people on board, was practicing landing and taking off the Susquehanna River when it struck powerlines on Monday around 3:00 p.m., according to the FAA.

The FAA says a single-engine Cessna 208 equipped with floats hit the high-tension wire near Laceyville and continued flying before landing at the Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York.

Both the FAA and NTSB are investigating.

Electrical service to several residences in Braintrim Township and Laceyville Borough were disrupted after a plane damaged a utility pole on Lacey Street on Monday morning, April 26.

The information regarding a plane striking the pole was obtained from scanner reports.

However, specific information on the plane and what caused it to strike the utility pole was not available.

Laceyville Fire Chief Brad Fassett, who was on the scene, said he had no information to report on the incident.

Scanner reports indicated that the search for the plane was underway.

The Goodwill Fire Company of Laceyville, Meshoppen Ambulance and the PA State Police are reported to the scene.

The accident knocked out electrical service to 60 Penelec customers in Braintrim Township and four in Laceyville Borough.

Penelec was estimating that power would be restored to those customers later in the day Monday.

Cathy Nesslein, who lives on Lacey Street near the damaged pole, noted that she was watching TV when power to her home went out.

Nesslein noted that she had the volume on her TV up at the time and did not hear a plane.

However, one of her neighbors reported hearing the plane and seeing it almost strike other power lines in the area before it struck the pole, she said.

Brenden McClelland, who also lives on Lacey Street, walked down to the scene after seeing emergency vehicles drive past his house that morning.

“The power went out and the next thing I know, all those emergency vehicles were going by,” he said.

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