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Single-engine plane crashes in Burlington

Burlington Fire Department

A small airplane headed to Hanscom Field made an emergency landing this afternoon in a swampy area in Burlington, officials said.Two people were taken to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center to be checked out.

Multiple people reported a plane down in the woods off Middlesex Turnpike behind the Burlington water treatment plant at about 1:39 p.m., said Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent.

He said the plane landed on soft ground in a swampy area. The woman piloting the plane and a male passenger were not seriously injured. Conscious and alert after the crash, they were taken to the nearby hospital as a precaution.

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The single-engine Cirrus aircraft was equipped with an emergency parachute, which the pilot “successfully deployed,” the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Hanscom Field, said in a statement.

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The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Burlington Police Department, and the Burlington Fire Department.

The pumps at the water treatment plant have been shut off, but there is a second plant that is successfully supplying water to the town, Kent said.

State environmental regulators and the town public works department are monitoring the water in the swamp. Right now it appears any contamination is localized around the plane. A cleanup will be undertaken as necessary, but officials are confident it will not get into the water supply, said Burlington police spokesman John Guilfoil.

Hanscom field remains open, Massport said.

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