Hodgdon plane crash victim critical

Posted Aug. 10, 2009, at 3:40 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:45 a.m.

HODGDON, Maine – A Houlton man who had to make an emergency landing in a hayfield off U.S. Route 1 in Hodgdon when his airplane developed engine difficulties on Saturday evening was listed in critical condition late Monday afternoon at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Wesley Tidd, 49, suffered neck and back injuries in the accident, which took place just after 7 p.m.

Tidd later was transported to EMMC for further treatment.

State Police Sgt. Julie Bergan said Monday that Tidd was flying his 2003 Team Mini Max single seat airplane over Hodgdon when he developed engine problems. The pilot attempted to land the plane in the large field. When he did so, Tidd’s airplane flipped over and landed on its roof in the field.

The wife of the hay farmer reportedly called 911 when she saw the plane go down.

State Police Trooper Brian Harris responded to the scene.

Tidd was able to get out of the plane but sustained back and neck injuries in the crash. He was then taken to the Houlton hospital for initial treatment.

Bergan said that the airplane sustained minimal damage to the cockpit in the crash and was towed from the scene by Westerdahl’s Service of Littleton.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the airplane crash, she added.

Harris was assisted at the scene by Trooper Gene Sutton, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, Houlton Police Department, Houlton Fire and Ambulance Department and the U.S Border Patrol.

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