Pilot alerts police after crashing single-engine airplane in Granville

Last modified: Monday, October 13, 2014

An unidentified pilot crashed his single-engine plane into a thickly wooded area of Granville, and then called police to report the crash. He was not hurt, police said.

“It was a very low-key plane crash. The guy who was flying the plane called us and said ‘I crashed my plane,’ ” reported State Police Lt. Daniel Richard.

Richard said an emergency call came into the Northampton State Police barracks about 2:10 p.m. Sunday, reporting the crash in a wooded area near Timber Doodle Road in Granville.

The pilot was the only person aboard the plane. Neither he nor anybody on the ground was hurt. The plane sustained heavy damage, according to Richard.

Granville police and fire departments, as well as troopers from the State Police barracks in Russell, from the Crime Scene Service Section, and assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s office all responded to the scene.

Richard said investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were dispatched to the scene.

“We’ve had a couple of these slow-speed crashes. It’s almost like a car accident, except it starts higher,” said Richard.

The crash remains under investigation.

Laurie Loisel can be reached at lloisel@gazettenet.com.


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