Cessna owned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

One injured following Wednesday single-engine plane crash in Burnham

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 4:45am

    BURNHAM — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent sustained non-life-threatening injuries following a single-engine plane crash that occurred in Burnham shortly after 11 p.m., Aug. 22.

    According to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, the crash took place in the woods along the Sebasticook River. The plane had been attempting to make an emergency landing at Pittsfield Airport, which is located a short distance from where the plane went down.

    The plane is owned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and was operating with two crew members, both of whom were able to walk away from the crash. One of the crew members reportedly sustained non-life-threatening injuries and remained hospitalized Thursday.  

    After the crash, a member of the crew called 911 and informed authorities about the location of the wreck. Multiple agencies responded to the scene, including the Maine State Police, Pittsfield Police, Somerset County Sheriff’s deputies, Maine Game Wardens, the Pittsfield Fire Department, and Reddington Fairview Ambulance.

    Both men were quickly located and taken to Sebasticook Hospital in Pittsfield, according to McCausland.

    Maine State Police have provided security at the crash site and was joined Thursday by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigator, members of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Customs and Border Control agents, and Maine Game Wardens.

    Maine State Police have not released the identities of those on board the plane, referring questions regarding the identities of the men to Customs and Border Protection.

    An investigation into the crash will be conducted by the FAA.

    Erica Thoms can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com