Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pilot seriously injured after a Piper PA-34aircraft clipped powerlines and impacted roadway terrain during a forced landing in East Hartford, Connecticut

Small Plane Crashes in East Hartford, Pilot Hospitalized
(Published 7 minutes ago)

Police said a small plane crashed in East Hartford on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened at 3:30 p.m. on Main Street. East Hartford police said crews are responding to an aircraft down near Pratt and Whitney.

The twin-engine Piper PA 34 plane was on its final approach to Brainard Airport, the FAA said in a statement.

The pilot was transported to St. Francis Hospital, East Hartford Fire Chief John Oates said. Oates said two people were in the plane at the time of the crash.

Plane Crashes in East Hartford
A plane crashed on Main Street near Pratt & Whitney on Tuesday afternoon. (Published 53 minutes ago)

Litwin said the second person is unaccounted for.

Smoke can be seen rising from the crash site.

Connecticut State Police said Route 2 westbound at exit 5A is currently closed as crews investigate a crash on Main Street.

Eversouce is reporting more than 500 outages in East Hartford. Litwin said the plane did hit power lines and poles on its way down.

Aircraft Crash in East Hartford

Pratt and Whitney, a jet engine manufacturer, said the crash does not appear to involve any of its employees or contractors.

"We are aware of the incident that occurred this afternoon on Main Street. Our thoughts are with the people affected. It does not appear at this time that any Pratt & Whitney employees or contractors were involved. Additionally, there is no impact to our operation here in East Hartford other than restricted traffic flow to the facility's main entrance on Main Street. We stand ready to assist local officials as needed. Additional queries should be directed to the appropriate local officials."

Litwin said two people who were in a car at the time of the crash were also transported to the hospital but they were not linked to the airplane accident.

Goodwin College in East Hartford said classes were canceled for Tuesday evening.

East Hartford fire, police, Connecticut State Police and FAA officials are responding to the scene.

The investigation is active and ongoing. 

Residents are asked to avoid the area.


Time: 15:45
Piper PA-34


C/n / msn:

Fatalities: Fatalities: / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Hartford County, East Hartford, CT - United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature: Unknown
Departure airport: Hartford-Brainard (KHFD)
Destination airport:

The aircraft clipped powerlines and impacted roadway terrain during an apparent force landing attempt in East Hartford, Connecticut. The airplane was partially consumed by the post-impact fire and the pilot onboard received serious injuries.