HARRISON, Maine — The wreckage of a vintage single-engine airplane was found Sunday after it crashed in southern Maine, killing the pilot and a passenger.
The BC-12 Taylorcraft plane, manufactured in 1946, was found at 6 a.m. in a field near Cape Monday Road in this small town, about 40 miles northwest of Portland, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker.
Two people were killed in the crash, but their identifies were not immediately released pending notification of relatives. The pilot was 68 and from Naples, and the passenger was 73 and from Harrison, said Chief Deputy Kevin Joyce of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department.
Police received a call Saturday night that a plane that had taken off from the Limington airport that morning had not returned after picking up a friend at a private airstrip in Harrison to go on a scenic flight of the area.
Sheriff’s deputies, game wardens, state police and the Civil Air Patrol searched a densely wooded area in Harrison using a signal from the pilot’s cell phone, but the search was called off at 3 a.m. Sunday.
The plane was located three hours later when the search resumed. It appeared the pilot might have struck some trees while attempting to land the plane in a field, officials said.
The FAA is investigating.