1 dead, 1 seriously hurt in plane crash in East Haven, Connecticut

Plane went down near Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport

First responders in East Haven at Roses Farm attempting to get to a plane crash scene. They are asking for ATV support. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – One person has died and another was critically injured after a plane crashed in East Haven near Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport, Wednesday morning.

The East Haven and New Haven Fire Departments say that the plane went down near Tweed Airport around 9:57 a.m, shortly after takeoff. There were two males on board the single-engine Piper PA 38 Tomahawk aircraft, registry number N2452C,  when the crash happened during a routine training exercise from the Connecticut Flight Academy.

One person has died and the other is currently at Yale New Haven Hospital where they are being treated in the hospital’s trauma area for critical injuries. Police are not releasing their identities at this time.

It took police and fire crews about fifteen minutes to locate the plane in a swamp area off airport property north of Roses Farm Road, about 25 yards from the southeast side of runway two.

Fire officials say that the victims were difficult to access due to the mud, high grass, ice and two feet of water in the swamp area.

The initial call came in from someone who saw the crash on Roses Farm Road in East Haven.

Reported as rear of roses farm road, caller stated “he saw it from his backyard”

The East Haven police and fire departments, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Airport Authority, the Connecticut State Police, the CCT Airport Authority, along Branford police and New Haven police, all responded to the scene.

East Haven Fire Command says the incident is now under control.

The FAA released the following statement regarding the crash:

A Piper PA 38 aircraft crashed at the approach end of Runway 2 at Tweed-New Haven Airport in Ct at about 10 a.m. today. Check with local authorities on the condition of the two people on board. The FAA will investigate.

There is no word on the cause of the crash at this time.

Police ask drivers to keep Silver Sands Road/Roses Farm Road clear for emergency personnel. Tweed Airport was closed for several hours Wednesday, but has since reopened.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be sending an investigator to the scene later today to photograph and investigate the site. The NTSB says they have investigated 12 plane crashes or accidents at Tweed in the last 30 years. The most recent was the 2013 East Haven plane crash that left four people dead.

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