May 26, 2020
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Pilot from Old Town uninjured in Norridgewock plane crash

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — An airplane pilot was uninjured after losing control of his plane and crashing into trees on Tuesday morning, police said.

Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Ritchie Putnam responded to a report of a plane crash at 10:56 a.m. Tuesday at Central Maine Regional Airport, according to Detective Lt. Carl E. Gottardi II.

After David Atwood, 60, of Old Town landed his Aeronca Champ on the runway, he lost control of the plane, which left the runway and crashed into several trees, said Gottardi.

“The pilot was not injured in the crash and the plane sustained damage to its wings and tail section,” said Gottardi.

Gottardi said the Federal Aviation Administration was contacted. The scene was secured by deputies until FAA representatives arrived.

The FAA is investigating, according to a spokesperson for the agency. She said the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause for the crash, but the report will take several months.

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