Pilot uninjured when plane crashes in Mapleton

Posted July 23, 2012, at 11:36 a.m.
Last modified July 23, 2012, at 6:12 p.m.

MAPLETON, Maine — Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Portland flight standards office are expected to be in northern Maine Tuesday investigating the weekend crash of a single-engine airplane.

The pilot of a Cessna A185F walked away uninjured Sunday evening when the plane’s single engine failed and the aircraft crashed in a field off Route 227 in Mapleton, according to a press release from the Maine State Police in Houlton.

Pilot Patrick Driscoll, 39, of Ashland attempted to land the plane, which was equipped with pontoons, on Hanson Lake, but didn’t have enough altitude to get there, according to the press release.

Driscoll’s private plane came to rest in a small group of trees, damaging at least one float, the fuselage, propeller and right wing, police said in the release.

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“We are sending someone up tomorrow,” Arlene Salac, FAA spokeswoman based in New York, said Monday afternoon. “They will need to examine the damage to the aircraft to determine if it will be classified as an incident or an accident.”

That classification, she said, determines which government agency will handle the subsequent investigation. Accidents are the responsibility of the National Transportation and Safety Board while the FAA investigates incidents.

Trooper Robert Flynn was assisted at the scene by Trooper Nick Casavant and Sgts. Dan Marquis and John Cote.

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