Two individuals had been hospitalized after a small personal airplane crashed on the Portland Worldwide Jetport on Friday afternoon, airport officers stated.
The small Cessna airplane crashed on runway 18 at round 3:40 p.m., stated David Petruccelli, deputy hearth chief for the Air Rescue Division with the Portland Fireplace Division. Firefighters extinguished the flames and helped the 2 individuals evacuate.
One of many passengers additionally helped one other transfer away from the airplane, Petruccelli stated.
The airplane caught hearth, however first responders had been in a position to put the fireplace out and supply medical help to the 2 passengers, Jetport Director Paul Bradbury stated.
Officers stated Friday night that the 2 passengers’ accidents weren’t life-threatening. Bradbury stated he didn’t know which hospital they had been taken to.
They seemed to be within the strategy of departing the Jetport, he stated.
It was the primary crash on the Jetport in a while, Bradbury stated, although he wasn’t positive when the final one occurred. A small airplane crashed into the road shortly after taking off from the Jetport in 2010, killing each passengers.
The airport was quickly closed following the crash and 5 flights had been diverted. Three had been despatched to Boston, one to Windfall and one to Manchester. These flights will return to Portland later this night, Bradbury stated.
The Jetport reopened at about 5 p.m.
It was unclear what triggered the crash, Bradbury stated.
“We actually depend on [the National Transportation Safety Board] to do the investigation,” Bradbury stated.
The airplane remained on runway 18 as of round 5:30 p.m., Bradbury stated. There was no estimated time on restoration efforts, he stated, however stated it might doubtless stay there till the Nationwide Transportation Security Board or the Federal Aviation Administration can overview it.
It’s unclear if the runway is broken, however Bradbury stated he didn’t anticipate any long-lasting results on the Jetport.