HODGDON, Maine — A Houlton man who made an emergency landing in a hayfield off U.S. Route 1 when his aircraft developed engine difficulties 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. He was taken by Houlton Ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital for initial treatment and later was taken 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 it developed engine problems. The pilot attempted to land the plane in the large field. When he did so, the aircraft 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 went to the scene.
Tidd was able to get out of the plane but suffered back and neck injuries in the crash. He was taken to the Houlton hospital.
Bergan said the airplane had 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 investigate the cause of the 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.