a small plane crashedIn Maryland, two people were left hanging about 100 feet in the air, officials said. Thousands of people in the area lost electricity due to the accident.
The single-engine Mooney M20J crashed into wires near the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Maryland, at around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The plane appeared to be intact as it was caught in a web of power lines about 100 feet in the air. Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, and the FAA said two people were on board.
As of approximately 7:50 p.m., Piringer stated that those on board were unhurt. Earlier they said they remained in a “very precarious situation” as the wires were still active.
Officials said the accident caused a “widespread power outage” and road closures.
Pepco confirmed that the accident affected about 85,000 customers and said they were working with authorities to assess the damages.
“We have confirmed that a private aircraft came into contact with Pepco’s transmission lines in Montgomery County, resulting in approximately 85,000 customer outages,” the utility company tweeted. “We are assessing the damage and are working closely with Montgomery County Fire and Emergency Services.”
The accident will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, with the NTSB leading the investigation and providing additional updates, the FAA said in a statement.