On Sunday afternoon, authorities reported that three people were seriously injured after a small plane crashed into a residential area located approximately 20 miles west of Boston.
According to a police spokesperson, at approximately 1 p.m., police and firefighters responded to multiple 911 calls and discovered the single-engine Cessna 182 in a wooded area in the town of Stow, Massachusetts.
A fire department official stated that the plane crashed between two houses in a neighborhood on Taylor Road, a heavily wooded residential area. Photos of the unfortunate accident show the plane upside down next to a child’s swing set and trampoline.
Miraculously, one of the plane’s three occupants managed to exit the aircraft on their own, while the other two needed assistance from first responders.
According to the police spokesperson, all three individuals were evacuated to the nearby Minute Man Air Field and later transported by medical helicopter to a Worcester hospital.
Fortunately, their injuries were deemed non-life-threatening.
During a press briefing, firefighters said the cause of the plane crash remains uncertain, and the Stow police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the factors behind the incident.
An employee from Minute Man Air Field shared with The Boston Globe that the plane experienced a forced landing, indicating that it encountered an issue while in flight. Further details about the specific circumstances are yet to be revealed as the investigation continues.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed via email that they will initiate an investigation into the incident in collaboration with the National Transportation Safety Board. Both agencies will work together to thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding the plane crash to determine its cause and contributing factors.
Three people hurt in small #planecrash in #Stow, #Massachusetts. One of the passengers got themselves out of the plane. Two others had to be removed. All three hospitalized and expected to survive, per NBC Boston. https://t.co/2exUxvDTYm
— Brian Pia (@brianpia) July 23, 2023
According to Norma Lavini, the passengers involved in the accident were her two brothers and her 16-year-old niece. Lavini told NBC10 Boston that her brother is a pilot and stores his plane at the nearby Minute Man Air Field.
Tearful, Lavini said she was “beyond grateful” when officials informed her that the victims had sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
She said, “They can move their arms and legs, so we’re holding on to all of the good things that we’re hearing. So far, so good.”
According to the police, no one was inside the homes near the plane crash site. Fortunately, the tree knocked over by the plane only grazed one home, causing superficial damage.