2 rescued hours after small plane crashes into Maryland power lines

  • Source: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington D.C.
  • Published: 11/28/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: A pilot and passenger were rescued from a small plane hours after it crashed into a Pepco tower and power lines Sunday evening near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md. According to the FAA, the single-engine Mooney M20J departed from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York and crashed in Gaithersburg at about 5:40 p.m. Sunday. The plane was left dangling about 100 feet in the air, according to Pete Piringer with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS). It made it tricky for crews to free the people trapped inside the plane. After several hours, around 2:50 Monday morning, crews got the plane on the ground. Power has since been restored to thousands impacted. Maryland State Police identified the pilot as Patrick Merkle, 65, of Washington, D.C. The passenger is identified as Jan Williams, 66, of Louisiana.


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