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Two Men Rescued After Plane Crashed Into Live Power Lines In Maryland

After being trapped for almost 7 hours, 100ft from the floor, after their plane crashed into live power lines, two people have been safely rescued.

The two men were trapped inside the plane for around 7 hours before being brought to safety
The two men were trapped inside the plane for around 7 hours before being brought to safety

The incident occurred at around 5.40pm on Sunday near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Maryland - causing a huge power cut for around 120,000 local people.


Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said that by 11.30pm the rescue teams had managed to "electrically ground" the plane.


The aircraft was then secured to the pylons before authorities safely brought the two men down to the ground by 12.36am on Monday.


Mr Goldstein said that both men suffered "serious injuries" from the crash and were also showing signs of hypothermia.



Maryland State Police named the two men as 65-year-old Patrick Merkle (the pilot), of Washington DC, and 66-year-old Jan Williams, of Louisiana.


Energy company Pepco said that the crash caused around 120,000 residents to be without power, but stated that it had been restored by the time the men were rescued.


Mr Goldstein said that authorities were working to safely remove the plane before the powerlines could be restrung and reconnected.


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