Washington DC: A small plane crashed into high-voltage power lines about 30 miles north of Washington, D.C. causing mass outages, with rescue services working into the night to rescue two people on board the aircraft still entangled in the cables.
The aircraft crashed at about 5.30 p.m. in misty and wet conditions in Montgomery Village, Maryland, according to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. It became caught up in live power lines about 100 feet from the ground.
The crash knocked out power to thousands of people in the area.
The impact caused power outages to over 120,000 customers, according to Pepco, the Washington-area utility company. Roads were also closed and many traffic lights in the area were out.
Fire officials said two people were alive but trapped inside the plane.
Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire Chief, said rescue officials were in contact with the occupants, by calling their cell phones at regular intervals. He declined to describe the condition of the plane's occupants, except to say "we have been in contact with them."
"There is no other way to determine if it's safe to access the tower until it is grounded, which means crews have to go up to the wires themselves to put clamps and cables onto the wires" to ensure there is no static electricity or "stray" power, Goldstein told reporters.
Update - Gaithersburg, Maryland, @MontgomeryCoMD small plane into powerlines & tower plow, suspended about 100 feet in the air, two persons on board uninjured at this time, @mcfrs on scene, Widespread power outages, some roads closed in area, https://t.co/VRLGfpyFaA pic.twitter.com/3iCMW0v94j— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) November 27, 2022
Goldstein said the plane also needs to be secured to the electrical tower before the occupants can be removed. He said an "extraordinarily large crane" provided by a local company was on the scene, in addition to electrical tower specialists who will man large tower bucket trucks.
According to the FAA, the Mooney M20J aircraft was flying from Westchester, New York and had been due to land at Montgomery Airpark, close to the crash site.
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