TERRYVILLE, CT (WFSB) – A small plane crashed in Terryville Tuesday afternoon.
Officials confirmed the plane crashed into a wooded area of the Camp Mattatuck Boy Scout camp nearby.
An 80-year-old flying the plane walked away with minor injuries, officials say. Officials say he was only able to fly a few thousand feet before he crashed.
“Just cuts on the arm, bruise on the head, but the plane is in rough shape,” says Terryville Fire Chief Mark Sekorski.
The plane is register to Charles Hunter, founder of “Click Bond”, an aviation product manufacturer with an office in Watertown.
Police said the man is cooperating.
Officials with the Boy Scouts said the crash happened about a quarter mile from the residential camp.
No kids or staff were near the crash and are safe.
Camp will continue as normal, officials said.
“It’s heavily wooded. And I’ll be honest with you. If someone didn’t see it and they were unconscious, we probably wouldn’t have found them for several hours,” said Plymouth Fire Chief Mark Sekorski.
Emergency responders confirm the plane crashed in the area of Mount Tobe Road.
Plymouth police said officers and the fire department are investigating the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will investigate the cause of the crash.
Fire crews, the FAA, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) are on scene.
The FAA released a statement on the crash:
A single-engine Cessna 185 crashed prior to reaching Waterbury Airport in Plymouth, Conn., around 1 p.m. local time today. Only the pilot was on board. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.
Camp leaders are meeting with the kids soon to let them know what happened. Parents were also informed.
Crews are cleaning up the crash and the 80 gallons of gasoline that was spilled. Officials say removing the plane is no easy task.
“You have to go through that and then there’s some old fields that are over grown, then it’s another hundred feet into a heavy wooded area beyond that, so we’re actually cutting trees and digging a road into where the plane is,” says Ken LeClerc, Supervising Emergency Response Coordinator with DEEP.
DEEP says they are planning on removing the plane on Thursday.