FAA seeks details on mysterious plane crash in Monmouth

Posted Aug. 26, 2011, at 12:31 p.m.

MONMOUTH, Maine — Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are searching for the pilot of a small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from a Maine landing strip.

Officials said the wreckage of the plane was towed away with a tractor by the pilot shortly after the Aug. 18 incident on Fish Hatchery Road in Monmouth.

The FAA’s Jim Peters said two investigators were sent to the site, but there was nothing there when the inspectors arrived.

Peters said there were multiple witnesses to the crash. There were no apparent injuries.

Monmouth Fire Chief Andre Poulin told the Kennebec Journal the pilot left the crash site and returned moments later with the tractor, which was parked outside a nearby business.

Peters said the investigators will find the pilot and determine what happened.

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