June 18, 2018
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Pilot, passenger suffer minor injuries after plane crash on Moosehead Lake

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

NORTHEAST CARRY TOWNSHIP, Maine — Two people suffered minor injuries Saturday night when their single-engine plane crashed into the water in the northeast section of Moosehead Lake, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The four-seat Cessna 185 carried 31-year-old Thomas Coleman of West Forks, who was piloting the plane and passenger Ashli Goodenow, 24, of Portland, according to McCausland. Maine State Police and Game Wardens went to the lake to find and tend to the victims.

The pontoon plane was attempting to land on the lake around 7 p.m., but it crashed and submerged in about 20 feet of water, McCausland said Sunday.

Doc Bowie of EMS director for Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville said Sunday that an ambulance was dispatched to the lake and requested LifeFlight as a precaution. He said that after the pontoons broke off, the plane rolled over and sank.

The pilot was treated on scene and released, while Goodenow was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter. She had a minor head injury, according to McCausland.

Coleman told first responders he was flying from Jackman to Northeast Carry.

“The [Federal Aviation Administration] will be coming in to investigate,” McCausland said.

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