Small Plane Crashes in Westbrook

Unconfirmed reports indicate one person is dead.

A small airplane has crashed in woods near Deep River Center and unconfirmed reports indicate that one person in the plane has died.

The plane crash occurred this afternoon in the area of Stevenson Road. One passenger was reportedly taken to the hospital by Lifestar Helicopter while a second person, who was killed in the crash, is still inside the airplane.

State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said the number of passengers is not confirmed but that there are at least two, according to a report  posted on WTIC radio. The posting also said that a witness called police to report seeing an airplane go down in the area of Deep River. 

Local fire officials and emergency dispatch officials had no additional information late Friday afternoon. 

State police and rescue workers are still on the scene.

Barbi Batchelder January 16, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Gene, the full report (Accident Information Summary) is available through the FAA Accident Database, and is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board at www.ntsb.gov/aviation. You can view this particular report at http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20110610X73839&ntsbno=ERA11FA334&akey=1 Just copy & paste it into your browser if this link doesn't work.
Gene Bartholomew January 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
thanks, have to say their reports seem to be somewhat sugar coated and lame, for instance when the pilot hit the Comcast towerjust north of 148 on 81 in Killingworth, FAA rules specify a minimum of 500ft in uncongested areas and 1,000ft in areas like New Haven, Groton, unless you are lined up with the runway and either landing or taking off, but once you are airborne you are to climb to that minimum and maintain it when aproaching things that are higher than your current ground, such as hill, tall buildings, etc. The Comcast tower is 270ft, if he had been at 500 he would not have hit it, fog or no fog, the FAA has not checked this airport out for violations of the flight height. Another thing they do is perform touch n go's circling the airport all day never getting more than 100 ft in the air, this caused another pilot to lose altitude and crash a few years back because he was too low, they turn too tight and are not high enough to react if something goes wrong. Not all pilots fly like this, I guess estimate about 60% fly by the rules and climb to 500ft upon take off. Some actually scrape our hill upon take off like their a Komikazi pilot, or want to be. They fly over Chster Village West alot very low, if they hit it, its going to be in the news big time. This attitude is dangerous
Gene Bartholomew January 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I just read the report, I wonder why he didn't just go to Hammonasset?? the runway is still there. That is a great location for an airport. It was the victim of bad politics, the owners wanted to extend the runway but the DEP would not let them saying it would impact the environment, but the DEP were all gung ho to allow a huge development there. Its a much safer location for an airport, Chester is about the worst, on a hill, constant cross winds, no where to bail, at least at Hammo you could ditch on the beach or shallow water, much better than trees.
Gene Bartholomew January 16, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Thanks I'll add that to my file.
Gene Bartholomew January 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Kind of surprised no one has hit the Swing Bridge either coming in/out of E Haddam Airport, saw some close ones there. These airports were probably ok in their day, but with the increased traffic and size of planes, maybe that should be redressed?? There used to be many airports around years ago, these are just the survivors.


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