Emergency crews were called to a plane crash in Plymouth, near the Waterbury Airport and a Boy Scout camp on Thursday evening.
The crash was reported a little before 6 p.m. and the type of plane involved is called a "Flying Flea," and is a single-engine plane.
The plane crashed into some trees in the woods at Mattatuck Boy Scout Camp in Plymouth, and had it not been for a fisherman on the pond in his boat who witnessed the crash, it is not clear how long it would have been before rescue crews would have found the pilot.
"The engine cut out. He was getting lower and lower. I thought he was going to try to make a landing in the pond and then he just cut to the east and crashed into the woods," said Greg Gubitosi, who called 911.
He ran to the plane and the 911 operator guided him what to do.
"Make sure he wasn't moving, try to keep his head and neck stable, try to keep his airway open. Reassure him in a positive voice not to be panicky that help is on the way he's going to be be okay. Your're going to make it. We got you," Gubitosi said.
When fire crews arrived they had to pull the pilot from a plane that had caved in on him.
"He was trapped in the wreckage. It folded around him. We extricated him, got him out to the ambulance, and called LIFE STAR. LIFE STAR transported him to Hartford,” said Terryville Fire Chief Mark Sekorski.
Evan Claus lives nearby and didn’t see the crash, but he could hear the doomed plane having trouble moments earlier.
"He flew over the house and the motor was just breaking up and my dad said that doesn't sound right,” Claus said.
The pilot’s name has not yet been released and it is unclear if he was intending to land the plane at the Waterbury Airport nearby.
An interesting side note to this story too…there is supposed to be a big event at the camp on Friday, with more than 100 Boy Scouts coming from all over the country.
Had the crash happened on Friday instead of Thursday, there could have potentially been many young boys on the pond and around the woods, making it a much different outcome.
The Federal Aviation Administration said they are investigating the crash.
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