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Police identify pilot, who remains in serious condition following crash

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Police have identified the pilot of a small plane as 46-year-old East Rockway, New York resident, Benjamin Temple. Temple sustained serious injuries following an accident in which his place crashed into a house, according to State Police in Westbrook on Saturday afternoon. 

The pilot was airlifted via LIFESTAR to Hartford Hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused the plane to crash. It is unclear how many passengers were on the plane and the extent of injuries.

The plane crashed around 4 p.m. on Little Meadow Road. The homeowner, Norman Hanenbaum, was in his living room and watching television when he heard what he described as a tree crashing onto his roof.

"I heard this crash and I was stunned. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know how to react," said Hanenbaum.

Hanenbaum was uninjured and unaware to the chaos unfolding outside. However, neighbors called 911 in time, "It was coming across and it just started to bank and it went down," said East Hampton resident, Cheryl Kissinger. 

Nearly three hundred residents in the area were without power after Eversource crews intentionally cut power to the area for repairs to the Little Meadow Road house. Power was restored to all customers at 5:50 p.m., according to Eversource. 

A HazMat team from The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, DEEP, were called in to assist. 

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