• Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023
Passenger takes control of small plane from sick pilot, crash lands on Massachusetts island

A passenger in a small plane took control and crash-landed on a Massachusetts island on July 15 after the pilot suffered a medical emergency, police said.

The crash happened in the afternoon on July 15 near Martha’s Vineyard Airport in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. Massachusetts State Police said the 79-year-old male pilot experienced an emergency during the plane’s final approach.

The malfunction caused a hard landing outside the runway that snapped the plane’s left wing in half, state police said.

Officials said that the name of no one on the plane has been released and both have been taken to hospital.

The pilot was then taken to a Boston hospital with life-threatening injuries. The female passenger was unharmed and released from a local hospital, police said.

The 2006 Piper Meridian took off from Westchester County, New York on Saturday afternoon. Police said the pilot and passenger were from Connecticut.

State police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

The plane was removed and taken to a safe location at the airport, state police said, adding that the crash scene had been cleared.

John F. The crash comes 24 years after Piper killed Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn Bessett, and her sister, Lauren Bessett, on Martha’s Vineyard.

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