Two escape uninjured after plane flies into power lines and becomes stuck in pylon


Two people survived a horror crash after their plane collided with an electricity pylon. A pilot and passenger were stuck in their small aircraft for nearly seven hours after it hit power lines in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Pictures from the scene showed a white aeroplane lodged nose-up within the structure of the tower and suspended about 100 feet in the air while surrounded by power lines.

The pair have since been rescued, but are now in hospital with orthopedic and trauma injuries from the crash and hypothermia.

Widespread power outages were also reported across Maryland on Sunday evening as officials worked to remove the aircraft and the occupants.

Maryland State Police named the pair as pilot Patrick Merkle, 65, of Washington, D.C. and passenger Jan Williams, 66, of Louisiana.

Pete Piringer, chief spokesperson for Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Service, said rescue began at 5.30pm (10.30pm GMT) when crews responded to reports of a small airplane that had flown into the power lines.


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