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Plane wreckage removed from woods in Canton


The wreckage from a deadly plane crash in Canton was removed from the area Thursday by aviation officials.

The plane went down earlier this month on Onion Mountain. Donald Derocher, 73, and his wife Josephine, 74, were both killed in the crash.

The couple were on their way back to Connecticut to attend his father's funeral. Donald Derocher, who has been flying for several years, was on his way to the Simsbury Airport after leaving Florida.

"It hit the tops of the trees... and then went about 50 meters and then fell in among some other trees," said Charley Deweese of Canton Land Conservation Trust. "I think when a plane hits like that, you can't tell which direction it was going because as soon as it hits a tree, it's going to twist around."

The plan landed on property owned by the Canton Land Conservation Trust, and many of its members watched the debris removal on Thursday.

"They went through the debris field that proceeded to the crash site and they were picking up various parts," said Bill Duncan of the Canton Land Conservation Trust. "They were respectful of the environment. They were cutting as few trees and branches as possible to open up a landing zone."

On Thursday, a helicopter from Central Connecticut Aircraft made five trips to the site of the crash to take the plane out in pieces to be investigated as to possible causes of the crash.

"Typically what happens is that the National Transportation Safety Board will complete its investigation," said Simsbury Airport Manager Bill Thomas. "I'm speculating but I'm sure they have some clues from looking at the wreckage and it may take them quite a while."

The helicopter dropped the plane wreckage on a flatbed truck to be taken away.

"These kinds of things don't happen very often, but when they do, all of us in the aviation community are very concerned and obviously want to know what happened," Thomas said.

By the spring, the forest will come back and there will be practically no indication of what happened at the crash site, according to members of the Canton Land Conservation Trust.

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