NEW MILFORD, CT -- A multi-town response has been called to a deadly plane crash on the New Milford/Sherman Line that happened before 10 a.m. at Candlelight Farms Airport.
New Milford police said a student pilot, a juvenile female, was trapped in the plane and was critically injured. Police said she was extricated from the plane and taken to Hartford Hospital.
Police said the co-pilot, a flight instructor employed by Arrow Aviation; Anthony J. Morasco, was killed in the crash. The third victim, Peter Jellen of New York, was seriously injured, but was able to walk out of the wreckage, police said.
Connecticut State Police were also called to the scene. A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said an investigator would be on scene by Saturday morning to take over the investigation.
The FAA said that the plane that crashed is a Cessna C-172. The plane had departed from Danbury Municipal Airport and crashed at the end of Runway 17-35 at Candlelight Farms Airport.
The plane is owned by Arrow Aviation of Danbury, a flight school.
Arrow Aviation is the same company that owns the plane involved in the deadly plane crash in Danbury, July 30.
Arrow Aviation LLCV Located at Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR)
1 Wallingford Road
Danbury, CT 6810 USA
Senator Blumenthal issued a statement regarding the crash:
"My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and those injured in this tragic crash. I am alarmed by the number of small plane crashes that have claimed lives in recent months and years in Connecticut. I urge the NTSB to complete its investigation quickly and thoroughly so we can determine whether action may be warranted to strengthen safety measures for small aircraft."
NEW MILFORD — At the end of the gravel driveway to Candlelight Farms Airport, Nic Marsicano anxiously awaited word on the fate of his best friend, Anthony “Duke” Morasco.
Marsicano had heard a small plane crashed Friday morning, and Duke likely was in it.
“How’s Duke doing?” he asked each passing emergency responder. “How’s Duke doing?”
“Nobody’s doing that well up there,” one man answered. The rest just drove past.
Marsicano soon learned Morasco — a flight instructor and his best friend of more than 30 years — had died in a crash that seriously injured two others.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane, a Cessna 172, departed Danbury Municipal Airport around 8:30 a.m. and crashed about an hour later in a grassy area a quarter-mile from the New Milford runway.
New Milford Police Sgt. Lee Grabner said the flight appeared to be a training flight. He said one of the victims, though badly disoriented, was able to walk several hundred yards to a nearby home to report the crash, and was eventually taken by ambulance to Danbury Hospital.
Police found two people still trapped inside the plane. The pilot, a woman who has yet to be identified, was extricated and airlifted to Hartford Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The other person was the flight instructor, Grabner said.
Police have yet to release any of the victims’ identities, saying family members are still being notified. But friends of Morasco said he was the man who died.
Marsicano, who had known Morasco since the two were students at Western Connecticut State University, said he was an experienced pilot who had flown for nearly four decades and had occasionally given flight lessons.
Marsicano, who had flown with Morasco many times, said his friend was a kind man and a “phenomenal pilot” whose “aspiration was to fly for a living.”
“He was one of those guys who would do anything for you,” Marsicano said. “I will miss him greatly every day.”
When Morasco wasn’t flying, he was a well-liked, hard-working maintenance worker for New Milford, said former Mayor Patricia Murphy.
“He was one of those people who could fix anything,” she said. “Just a very bright guy.”
Morasco worked for the town for two stints totaling about 15 years, Murphy added. He later worked for a rehabiliation center in town.
The plane’s registration number, obtained through photos of the crash scene, shows the plane is owned by Arrow Aviation, a Danbury flight-training school that owned a plane involved in a fatal crash nearly two weeks ago.
Mark Stern, of Redding, died from injuries he sustained after crashing a rented Cessna near Danbury Municipal Airport on July 30. Two passengers were injured in the crash, which is still under investigation by federal authorities.
Preliminary results of that investigation showed Stern’s plane began to lose altitude shortly after takeoff and crashed in a wooded area near the runway. The accident happened just two weeks after the plane had received its annual inspection.
A woman who answered the phone at Arrow Aviation on Friday declined to comment on either crash.
“We’re not able to talk about it,” she said.
The Cessna 172 is a single-engine four-seater and is one of the most popular aircraft in general aviation for flight instruction.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday he is concerned by the crashes.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and those injured in this tragic crash,” Blumenthal said in a news release. “I am alarmed by the number of small plane crashes that have claimed lives in recent months and years in Connecticut.”
Time: ca 09:50
Cessna 172M Skyhawk
Owner/operator: Arrow Aviation
C/n / msn: 17263727
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: New Milford-Candlelight Farms Airport, CT (11N) - United States of America
Departure airport: Danbury Municipal Airport, CT
Destination airport: New Milford-Candlelight Farms Airport, CT (11N)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The plane crashed at the end of the runway under unknown circumstances. The co-pilot (the flight instructor) died. The female student pilot critically injured.
|Last Action Date||2014-11-11|
|Airworthiness Date||1974-08-22||Expiration Date||2018-04-30|
|Registrant Name||ARROW AVIATION LLC||Street||53 MIRY BROOK RD|
|Registrant City||DANBURY||Registrant State||CT|
|Registrant Zip Code||06810||Country||UNITED STATES|
|Region||New England||Registrant Type||Corporation|
|Fract Owner||Certificate Issue Date||2001-09-10|
|Status||N-Number Assigned and Registered|
|Serial Number||17263727||Aircraft Type||Fixed wing single engine|
|Mode S Code||50221774||Year Mfr||1974|
|Aircraft Category||Land||Builder Certification||Type Certificated|
|Number Engines||1||Number Seats||4|
|Aircraft Weight||CLASS 1||Aircraft Cruising Speed||108|
|Airworthiness Classification||Standard||Approved Operation Codes||Normal, Utility|
|Engine Model Name||0-320 SERIES||Engine Type||4 Cycle|
|Engine Horsepower/Thrust||0||Fuel Consumed||0.00|