passengers trapped for hours – The Voice of New York

A small plane carrying two people became entangled in electric cables at an altitude of about 30 meters, trapping the passengers on board for about seven hours.

At around 5:30 p.m., the single-engine plane was preparing to descend toward Gaithersburg’s Montgomery County Airpark when, according to authorities, it struck high-tension power lines near Goshen Road and Rothbury Drive.

At around 12:30, the pilot and passenger were rescued in what rescuers described as a “herculean effort” and were taken to nearby trauma clinics for their serious injuries. Officials said that while they suffered hypothermia and trauma-related injuries, the two are likely to survive.

To make sure there was no static electricity or residual energy that could electrocute rescue personnel or aircraft occupants, crews first had to secure the lines with clamps and wires.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Mooney M20J single-engine plane ended up in wires as it was leaving White Plains Airport in New York’s Westchester County.

Tens of thousands of citizens were left without electricity on Sunday evening due to the accident. The Montgomery County blackout affected an estimated 85,000-90,000 households and businesses, also forcing two hospitals to operate at reduced capacity.

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