A small plane is submerged in Morgan Bay off Newbury Neck Monday after making a crash landing. PARKER SIMON PHOTO

Plane makes crash landing in Morgan Bay

SURRY — A small plane made a crash landing in Morgan Bay off Newbury Neck late Monday afternoon.

According to a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot and one passenger extricated themselves from the plane and swam or waded to shore.

The incident occurred around 5:20 p.m. when authorities received reports that the Cessna 150 single-engine aircraft bound for the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton had landed in the water.

Units from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine State Police and the Maine Marine Patrol responded to the scene, as did several locally owned boats.

Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the state Department of Marine Resources, said the Marine Patrol received a report that a small plane had crashed near Newbury Neck.

The Marine Patrol sent a 25-foot Protector rigid-bottom inflatable boat and a crew of three to the scene from Ellsworth, “but by the time they got there the two individuals on-board (the plane) were on-shore and appeared to have no major injuries.”

The Maine State Police referred inquiries about the crash to the FAA.

Three area men, Parker Simon, Morgan Lawson and River Plouffe-Vogel, were enjoying an afternoon on the water when they heard a call about the accident on Plouffe’s radio. Plouffe is a volunteer firefighter from Blue Hill, according to Simon.

“We heard it and said we could be there in four minutes,” Simon said Tuesday morning. “When we got there, there were two people walking around on shore wrapped in blankets.”

In an email Tuesday morning, Arlene Salac from the FAA said “local officials” reported that they rescued two people from the water and transported them to the hospital for evaluation.

According to the FAA, the flight left the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport in Morristown, Vt., and was flying to Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. The FAA inspector assigned to the investigation is Frederick Cahn of Bar Harbor. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will issue further updates.


Correction: An earlier version of this article contained incorrect photo credit. The photo was taken by Parker Simon.

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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