A small plane carrying a medical patient and an EMT crashed during takeoff at Vinalhaven Airport in Maine shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, officials said.
The island’s fire department/EMT personnel were already on the scene, having brought the patient to the plane.
Crews, along with other people who were at the airport, quickly helped the pilot and two passengers to get out of the Cessna 207, Vinalhaven emergency services said in a statement.
Firefighters secured the scene and minimized leaks from the plane’s fuel tank, the statement said. The pilot and the EMT suffered minor injuries.
Penobscot Island Air transported another medic to the scene. That medic and the patient were flown to Knox County Regional Airport and then to a hospital at 7 p.m., the statement said.
Vinalhaven Fire Chief, Marc Candage, said in the statement that he was grateful that the EMT and patient were not seriously injured.
“At the end of the day, responding crew and bystanders acted quickly, we treated those involved, and we were able to see our patient get transported to definitive care,” Candage said.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, the statement said.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, the FAA said in a statement.
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