Two people trapped as small plane crashes into power lines in Maryland

Two people trapped as small plane crashes into power lines in Maryland – crews attempt high-angle rescue as 80,000 homes and business go without power

  • A pilot and passenger are trapped on the plane but are not injured 
  • The plane crashed in Gaithersburg, 24 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
  • Video and photos show the plane dangling 100 feet in the air from the tower 
  • Utility company Pepco reported that about 80K customers are without power

A rescue is underway for a pilot and passenger who became trapped when a small plane crashed into live power lines in a Maryland neighborhood on Sunday evening, causing widespread power outages.

Harrowing video captured the scene in Gaithersburg where the plane could be seen dangling 100 feet in the air from a power tower.

Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Pete Piringer tweeted that two people were on board the plane and uninjured.

Crews at the scene are working to rescue the individuals at a high-angle rescue, WUSA9 reported. 

A rescue is underway for a pilot and passenger who became trapped when a small plane crashed into live power lines in a Maryland neighborhood on Sunday evening, causing widespread power outages

A rescue is underway for a pilot and passenger who became trapped when a small plane crashed into live power lines in a Maryland neighborhood on Sunday evening, causing widespread power outages

Harrowing photos and video captured the scene in Gaithersburg where the plane could be seen dangling 100 feet in the air from a power tower

Harrowing photos and video captured the scene in Gaithersburg where the plane could be seen dangling 100 feet in the air from a power tower

Officials responded to the scene of the crash around 5:40 p.m. in the area of Rothbury Drive and Goshen Road in Montgomery County.

Officials at the scene are working to rescue the two through a high-angle rescue. 

The plane was stuck about 100 feet above the ground, and the transmission lines remained live, complicating rescue efforts, Piringer said.

‘Everything is still energized at this time,’ he said.

The utility Pepco reported that about 80,000 customers were without power in Montgomery County. Pepco said the plane came into contact with the company’s aerial transmission lines.

The crash took place in Gaithersburg, a small city about 24 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

‘The company is assessing damage and contingency opportunities to restore service to impacted customers,’ a Pepco spokesperson said. ‘Pepco is working closely with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services and is awaiting clearance to the scene before crews can begin work to stabilize the electric infrastructure and begin restoring service.’

Montgomery County Department of Police is asking people to avoid the area of the crash as there are still live wires.

Piringer didn’t state a suspected cause for the crash. 

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