Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Piper PA-28R-180, N3768T: Accident occurred August 29, 2022 at William H. Morse State Airport (KDDH), Bennington County, Vermont

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

Aircraft practicing touch and goes crashed at the end of runway.  

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Date: 29-AUG-22
Time: 21:17:00Z
Regis#: N3768T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

BENNINGTON, Vermont — The pilot who crash landed Monday evening in a field near the Bennington airport has been identified as Anthony J. LaFranco, 40, of Saratoga Springs, New York.

Members of the Bennington Police Department, Bennington Rural Fire Department and Bennington Rescue Squad responded to the William H. Morse State Airport around 5:30 p.m. Monday for a report of an aircraft crash off of the runway. Upon arrival, responders found that LaFranco had climbed out of the plane and was bleeding profusely from a significant head injury. The aircraft was in a horse paddock just north of the airport runway, Bennington Police said in a statement Tuesday.

Officers at the scene briefly spoke with LaFranco about the crash. LaFranco reported the aircraft experienced engine failure near the airport, and he attempted to land the aircraft on the runway. LaFranco said he was unable to maintain a proper landing speed and fell below stall speed, causing the aircraft to hit the perimeter fence.

A LifeNet helicopter responded to the scene and transported LaFranco to Albany (New York) Medical Center.

Local officials contacted the National Transportation Safety Board, and after reviewing information from officers and reviewing digital images of the crash, the NTSB authorized removal of the aircraft, to return it to the airport. Bennington Police worked with airport staff late into the evening to remove it.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who might have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Bennington Police Department at 802-442-1030 or visit benningtonpolice.com.

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