The pilot and passenger of a small plane were trapped Sunday after crashing into power lines in Maryland, United States, local officials said.
Rescue units were dispatched at 5:30 p.m. local time to reports of a small plane that had flown into power lines in Montgomery County, according to Pete Piringer, senior spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. (MD).
When units arrived on scene, they found a small aircraft suspended about 100 feet in the air that had struck the tower.
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The pilot and passenger survived and are doing well, Piringer said.
Approximately 85,000 customers were without power following the accident, according to utility company Pepco, which provides electric service to approximately 894,000 customers in Washington, DC and surrounding areas in Maryland.
“We have confirmed that a private aircraft contacted Pepco transmission lines in Montgomery County, resulting in the disruption of approximately 85,000 customers.” Pepco tweeted.
“We are assessing the damage and working closely with Montgomery County Fire and Emergency Services.”
“We are awaiting clearance to arrive at the site before crews can begin work to stabilize the electrical infrastructure and begin restoring service.” the company added.
The fire department is in communication with the pilot and passenger, and roads are closed while crews come up with a rescue plan, according to Piringer.
The Federal Aviation Administration told CNN the plane is a single-engine Mooney that departed from New York’s Westchester County Airport.
The agency will investigate the incident in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board.
William Smouse, who lives about a mile from where the accident occurred, told CNN affiliate WJLA on Sunday night that he was going to dinner with his son when he saw “two big flashes” and then several fire trucks going by. .
“It’s unfortunate, but I’m glad they’re still there. We can see the light in the cockpit from the pilot’s cell phone, we heard they called to say they were okay,” Smouse said.
Smouse said the incident is “very chilling” and that his home is located in an area where planes and jets often pass.
“I think about it a lot, where they come in and they’re literally like 200 or 300 feet above us,” he said.