Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aircraft experienced engine problems after departure and crashed into a house 3/4 mile from the departure end of runway 24.
Aircraft Make: RUTAN
Aircraft Model: VARIEZE
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
WHITPAIN TWP., Pa. (WPVI) -- A pilot was seriously injured after his plane crashed near a house in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County over the weekend.
Phillip Beckner, 29, of Crofton, Maryland, remained hospitalized in critical condition at Penn-Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia as of Monday evening.
The crash happened on Meade Road just after 5 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say the pilot had just taken off from nearby Wings Field Airport.
After the crash, Beckner got some help from quick-thinking neighbors who rushed to cut him from the plane.
"I open up the door, I see people running down the street and someone said, 'Oh my God there's a plane crash!'" said David Buck of Whitpain Township.
Douglas DiSandro, who lives across the street, was in his backyard when he said he heard the small plane overhead, sputtering, and flying low.
"Too close to the house," said DiSandro. "I knew the trees in the front and I said there's no way he's clearing those. And then I heard the crash and I ran out front."
DiSandro said he and another neighbor frantically searched for the pilot, and found him when they heard a gurgling sound coming from the bushes.
"Brian noticed there was a strap around his neck. One of his straps holding him into the seat, and so Brian called for scissors," said DiSandro. "We elevated him to get the pressure off his neck because he clearly wasn't breathing, until we could get the strap cut off."
DiSandro said then the pilot started gasping.
Neighbors said having planes in the area is not unusual, but the crash is alarming.
"We see planes - 4, 5, 6 a day -- and it's a nice view to watch the planes go across the field right there but this is like a reality, wake-up check," said Buck. "It's kind of scary."
Police were at the scene overnight to make sure nothing was disturbed.
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A pilot had to be cut from the wreckage of a home-built aircraft after the plane crashed into the front yard of a Whitpain Township, Pennsylvania home Sunday afternoon, officials and witnesses said.
The single engine VariEze style plane went down just after 5 p.m. along Meade Road, police said.
Witnesses and police said the plane lost altitude shortly after takeoff and hit several trees before breaking apart on the front lawn of a home.
A pair of neighbors — Douglas DiSandro and Brian McShain — rushed to the wreckage and started searching for the pilot.
"I heard gurgling in a bush and we found where the pilot was," neighbor DiSandro said.
When they got into the bush, they found the pilot being choked by the plane's seat belt. The men lifted his body to relive the pressure on his neck until another person brought scissors to cut him free.
"He relieved the pressure on his neck and he started gasping again," DiSando said.
Paramedics took the pilot, who has not yet been identified, to Penn Presbyterian Trauma Center in Philadelphia. Police said his injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening, but a condition was not available.
The development where the crash happened is 1½ miles from Wings Field — a small airport where the plane took off from this afternoon.
Wreckage is strewn across the lawn and garden of 25 Meade Road. It appears the house was spared from being hit. There was a person inside the home when the crash happened.
"We're very fortunate that nobody got hurt on this scene. It's amazing," Whitpain Twp. Police Chief Kenneth Lawson said.
VariEze aircraft debuted in the 1970s and are a cheaper alternative to other popular small aircraft like Cessna or Piper, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The planes are typically made of composite foam and fiberglass, the museum said.
The National Transportation Safety Board will visit the crash site Monday to launch an investigation.
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WHITPAIN TOWNSHIP, PA (CBS) — Whitpain Township police say one person was injured after a small plane crashed at a residence in Montgomery County Sunday evening.
Officials say the crash took place shortly after 5 p.m. at a home at 25 Meade road after the plane took off from the Wings Field Airport.
Chief Kenneth Lawson of the Whitpain Township police department says fire and rescue crews discovered a small single-engine plane that had crashed on the Montco property containing only the pilot.
“I heard a plane that clearly sounded like it was in distress, and I looked up it was flying way too close to our house,” said neighbor Douglas Disandro. “Next thing I know I hear the crash, ran out front and saw a bunch of debris at the house across the street.”
Disandro says that he and another neighbor Brian McShane found the plane with the pilot in a “bush” on the property.
“Brian McShane, who’s my neighbor, he was here first. He saved the day. He saved the guys life.” said neighbor David Buck. “We were next to the [pilot] and we were holding him and there was no pulse. [McShane] reaches to find a pulse, and then he realized their was a seat belt around the guy’s neck, and that was the problem right there. So we were able to cut that off.”
Authorities say the pilot, whose has not be identified, was transported to Penn Presbyterian hospital with no word on his condition.
Officials say there was one person inside of the home at the time of the crash, but thankfully that person was not injured.
“It’s scary,” said Buck. “Wings field is right there. We see planes, you know four, five, six, ten a day, and it’s a nice view to watch the planes go right down. You know kinda across the field right there, but this is kind of a reality wake up check, it’s kind of scary.”
Chief Lawson says the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and that National Transportation Safety Board will be on scene Monday to investigate.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WTXF) - Emergency crews were on the scene of a small plane crash in Whitpain Township in Montgomery County Sunday evening.
The incident took place around 5 p.m.
The extent of injuries are unknown at this time.
The Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement:
A Buschmann Vanzetti VariEze experimental aircraft crashed approximately one mile from the end of Runway 24 at the Wings Field Airport, Blue Bell, PA today at 5:11 pm. Contact local authorities for information on the pilot. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.
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