2 people, dog rescued after small plane crashes into Quinnipiac River in New Haven
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Two people and a dog were rescued from a plane that crashed into the Quinnipiac River in New Haven Thursday evening.
New Haven police said the plane crashed into the river near 750 Quinnipiac Avenue.
The two people and dog got out of the plane ok and were able to stand on a sandbar in the river until help arrived.
“They jumped out and the fella in this house here went out with his kayak with a couple of life preservers. Then a boat came from the boat house across the river,” said Dominic Lanolfi of New Haven.
Eyewitnesses tell us they were shocked no one was hurt.
“I was sitting on the bench there and I heard a noise coming,” said Dominic.
“We saw the landing gear go up and we said woah he’s going to crash,” said John Bellonio of New Haven.
New Haven residents watched in disbelief as this single engine plane crashed into the Quinnipiac river.
“It made a big belly flop,” Said Dominic.
“Big splash. Big splash. Thank god it didn’t explode or anything like that, said John.
Neighbors rushed to call 911.
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker tells us the plane was heading from Florida to Bedford Massachusetts.
It had just made a stop in New Jersey for fuel.
“He radioed the tower at Tweed saying he was in distress that the engine was sputtering he was receiving direction from the tower to try to get him to the airport but he felt that he could not make it,” said Sean Scanlon, Tweed New Haven Airport Executive Director.
One of the concerns for emergency crews was fuel on board. New Haven fire says the plane was carrying around 55 gallons.
The department of Energy and Environmental Protection tells us a small amount leaked out, but the environmental impact is minimal and booms will be put in place and ready to be deployed.
“The most important part of this story is everyone is safe,” said Mayor Elicker.
The FAA and NTSB are now investigating this crash and Crews are still working to get that plane out of the water.
Stay with Channel 3 for updates.
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