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September 2, 2011
A 48-year-old man from North Falmouth, Massachusetts, died on Wednesday night and his 47-year-old girlfriend was injured when the small plane he was piloting crashed in Provincetown shortly after take-off from Provincetown Municipal Airport.
The plane—a Piper PA-28-181—took off around 11 p.m., banked to the left, crashed into a wooded area several hundred yards from the runway, and burst into flames.
The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger, also from Falmouth, survived the plane crash and had to be taken by helicopter to a Boston hospital with injuries and burns that aren’t considered life threatening, according to The Boston Globe.
“When we witnessed the crash, it turned into a forest fire with a plume of smoke,’’ said Lieutenant Mike Feltovic, who helped move the injured passenger to safety. “Paramedics assessed her and thought if they moved her she might die, so the decision was made to hoist her.’’
Friends of the pilot say he was a frequent flier, often taking off from Falmouth for pleasure flights to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Provincetown, located about 72 miles from his home in Falmouth.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.
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PHOTO SOURCE: Cape Cod Times
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