Yorktown Small Plane Crash Survival Called a 'Miracle'
Two injured, as private plane, registered to Hopkinton resident, makes forced landing because of mechanical problems.
Two people suffered minor injuries this afternoon when a small plane made a forced landing in Yorktown, NY on its way to Boston, MA, according to local, county and federal officials.
The plane is a 1996 private aviation craft that is registered to Mark Ehrenzeller of Hopkinton, MA. Officials have not yet confirmed the identities of the two men.
The area of the crash scene is at the entrance of the IBM campus at Pines Bridge Road. Officials said the plane, a BE36 Beechcraft, was en route from Teterboro (NJ) Airport when it developed technical problems and the pilot attempted to divert to Westchester County Airport.
Officials said the two men in the plane were treated at the scene by medics and then taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. They were conscious and alert with non-life threatening injuries when emergency responders arrived at the scene.
"This is a miracle," Yorktown Police Lt. Robert Noble said. "I mean it really is. It's a miracle there wasn't a fatality."
The plane was reported to have crashed at 4:35 p.m. coming north-east.
"It's a tragedy that was averted here," Lt. Noble said.
Police are still speaking with witnesses about the situation and officials are trying to get a handle on the pilot's injuries.
"Thankfully he landed and did a hell of a job landing," Lt. Noble said.
Sal Lagonia, of Yorktown, who is an aviation lawyer and a safety consultant, said it looks like the pilot was intentionally looking for an open field to land.
"There's a billion things that could go wrong," Lagonia said. "It looked like he had to find a place to come down. That's what pilots typically do."
People in the area surrounded the site. Michell Cambareri, who lives near by on Crow Hill Road, said she saw the plane flying low near the trees and sputtering. There was no smoke or flames coming out of the plane.
"I saw the plane flying in the air, having engine difficulty and it was sputtering," she said. "Then, it looked liked the pilot was trying to turn on the engine again, btu every time he tried, it just cut off."
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