A co-pilot is dead and two passengers were hurt after a single-engine plane crashed near an airport in New Milford on Friday morning, police said.
This is the second deadly crash involving Danbury-based Arrow Aviation in a matter of weeks.
Friday, the Cessna C-172 aircraft crashed at the end of Runway 17-35 at Candlelight Farms Airport around 10:20 a.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration. FAA officials said the plane departed Danbury Municipal Airport around 9:45 a.m.
National Transportation Safety Board officials said three people were on the plane when it crashed.
New Milford police said the male co-pilot, who was also the flight instructor, was pinned under wreckage and pronounced dead by responding paramedics.
The surviving female pilot was extricated and transported to Hartford Hospital by way of the LifeStar emergency helicopter. Police said she suffered serious life-threatening injuries.
The other surviving male emerged from the wreckage and walked several hundred yards to a random home to call for help, according to police. He reported that two others were with the plane. He was transported to Danbury Hospital.
“I saw a middle aged man, he was sitting on a stone wall and he was bleeding [on his head] and he looked dazed, just kind of staring off into space,” said Maria Conte, an eyewitness.
Conte said she didn’t hear the crash. She stumbled upon officers tending to the victim.
“This man didn’t look like he was too banged up,” she said. “It looked like he was dazed, maybe concussed.”
Police said he was able to get up on his own and get help.
“He was severely disoriented, all he could say was he was in a plane crash,” said Sgt. Lee Grabner, New Milford police.
The victims’ identities have not been released because their families have not yet been notified.
“We believe it was a training flight based on the appearance of where they were seated in the plane, but we don’t know the exact circumstances like who had…