Maryland air crash: Pilot, passengers stranded for 7 hours, plane rescued after tangled in wires 100 feet above ground | US News

Two people have been rescued after being stranded 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground for nearly seven hours after the plane struck a live power line.

The incident happened around 5:40 p.m. Sunday near the Montgomery County Airport in Gaithersburg, Maryland -Keep approximately 120,000 residents without power.

Rescuers managed to “ground” the plane around 11:30 p.m., Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said.

They then secured the plane to the pylon before landing the two men safely at 12.36am on Monday.

Both were “seriously injured” in the crash, and hypothermia was also a concern, the fire chief said.

Emergency crews struggled to free passengers on board the small plane after it crashed and became lodged in live wires Monday, Nov. 11. Montgomery Village, MD, 28, 2022
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First responders worked to save the plane’s passengers.Image: Associated Press

Maryland state police have named the two men as pilot Patrick Merkel, 65, of Washington, D.C., and passenger Jane Williams, 66, of Louisiana.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the cause of the crash was not yet known and that it is conducting a joint investigation with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Utility company Pepco said about 120,000 customers lost power immediately after the accident, but power was restored to most by the time those people were rescued.

Mr Goldstein said the next step was to dismantle the plane before reconnecting the wires.

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