The Connecticut State Police Department has identified two passengers that were aboard a single-engine plane that went down last Friday afternoon outside of Westbrook, Connecticut. NBC-Connecticut reports that 911 received a call around 3:30 PM saying that a small plane had gone down near the Chester Airport. Dispatchers then contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
State Police immediately began searching along Route 145 near Messerschmidt Pond. The aircraft was located one mile into the Cockaponset State Forest off Chittenden Hill Road. It was found upside down with the two men inside.
Rescuers were able to pull one man from the wreckage. He was then transported via helicopter to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where his condition was last listed as critical. The other man was pronounced dead at the scene.
State Police, the FAA, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are all investigating the cause of the crash. Engine trouble is suspected to be the cause.
Small engine aircraft lead to hundreds of deaths every year. NTSB studies show that more than 900 people died in private flight accidents last year, versus two on commercial flights.
If you have been injured in an accident of any kind that was no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. The Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys with Carter Mario Law Firm can discuss your case with you.