United States: They remain 7 hours stuck on an electricity pylon

PostedNovember 28, 2022, 11:20 am

United StatesThey remain 7 hours stuck on an electric pylon

A small plane crashed into power lines in Maryland on Sunday. It took a long time to cut the power and come to the aid of the two injured passengers.

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The plane crashed into the pylon.

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He was about thirty meters above the ground.

He was about thirty meters above the ground.

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It was necessary to light the theater of operations because of the fog.

It was necessary to light the theater of operations because of the fog.

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The pictures are impressive. A small plane is embedded in a pylon of a power line. The crash happened late Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27, in Montgomery County, Maryland. The emergency services were alerted around 5:30 p.m. and found the device as such when they arrived on the scene.

The plane was stuck 30 meters above the ground. The firefighters were able to contact the pilot, 65 years old and living in Washington DC, as well as his 66-year-old passenger. They were able to talk the whole time it lasted, even if it meant saving phone batteries. Because it was long, as explained CNN. First, the electric current had to be diverted.

Crews went up to put clamps or cables on the wires to make sure there was no static electricity or residual energy. The aircraft also had to be stowed so that it did not fall. Foggy weather conditions in the area further complicated matters, with poor visibility.

Injured, concussed and hypothermic

The grounding of power lines near the aircraft was completed by 11:30 p.m. and it then took 45 minutes to secure the aircraft. The first person was removed from the aircraft at 12:25 a.m. and the second 10 minutes later. The intervention therefore lasted more than 7 hours.

The two passengers of the plane have serious injuries and are concussed. They also suffer from hypothermia. They were taken to hospital. But the operations were not over yet. The aircraft still had to be freed and the damaged lines reconnected. 120,000 people in the region were deprived of electricity, but there were only 1,000 on Monday morning. Still, the schools will not open on Monday, forty of them having no electricity.

The plane had taken off from Westchester County Airport in New York, about an hour and 15 minutes flight away. An investigation has been opened to determine the causes of the accident.

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