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Small plane crashes in Arundel

11:03 PM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
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ARUNDEL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A small plane has gone down in the town of Arundel.  Both people on board have escaped with just minor injuries.

The crash happened off Proctor Road, a half a mile away from the Biddeford Airport.  Investigators say flight instructor Richard Whicker of North Berwick and his student, William Hart of Lyman, had just taken off from the Biddeford Airport around 6:15 Friday evening when the plane had engine problems.
The Biddeford Fire Department, which was first to the scene, reports that there was a fuel leak off the left wing of the single prop engine Cessna. Sgt. Dave Chauvette of the York County Sheriff's Office said Whicker tried to make what he called a controlled landing. "There apparently was no other option to bring the plane down. They tried the Biddeford Airport. That obviously was unsuccessful because of the mechanical problems with the plane," Chauvette said.

Both the student and instructor were taken to Southern Maine Medical Center with minor injuries.

The plane broke apart in the woods, but the men made it out OK.
Raymond Lariviere, who lives nearby, saw it happen. Lariviere said, "I heard the engine puking and sputtering, and I turned around just in time to see it come right down into the treeline."

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to be on the scene Saturday to investigate and have the plane removed. It is in a swampy area of the woods that is difficult to get to.


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