A plane crashed this Sunday afternoon into a transmission tower of electric power in the US town of Gaithersburgin Maryland, and was trapped in the structure tens of meters high.
The US Federal Aviation Administrationquoted by the news agency PAreported that the plane Mooney M20J model had taken off from the city of White Plains, New York, with two people on board and after the accident they were not injured.
The Maryland State Police identified the pilot of the aircraft as patrick merkle65, and the second passenger as Jan Williams, 66.
The collision damaged part of the power transmission lines, which caused around 80,000 homes from the area will be temporarily without electricity. In addition, the plane got stuck in the tower about 30 meters above the ground, and because some of the transmission lines remained activethe rescue tasks were complicated at first.
Citizens near the place notified the county authorities since the crew members were at risk of receiving a great electric shock.
The spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Pete Piringer He also indicated that due to the collision many of the traffic lights in the area were out of service. The town’s power company said in a statement that its staff were waiting for rescuers to give them permission to enter the scene before they could make repairs at the crash site.
Montgomery County Fire Chief, Scott Goldsteinindicated that first work will be done on the grounding of the high-voltage cables so that the work of the rescuers is safe.
Later, fire crews will use a crane to try to stabilize the plane by chaining or tying it to the tower. Once the aircraft is stable, Goldstein said, rescue teams will use the crane to lower the two people inside the plane, who are being constantly monitored by phone.
At the moment the causes that caused the accident are unknown, which occurred when the pilot was preparing to start the maneuvers to land at a nearby airfield.
The accident took place in Gaithersburg, a city of 69,000 inhabitants located about 24 miles (39 kilometers) northwest of Washington, D.C.
The news immediately began to go viral on social media just as many Americans were beginning to prepare to restart the week.
(With information from The Associated Press)