EAST FALMOUTH — A plane crashed Friday afternoon at the Falmouth Airpark, sending at least one individual to the hospital.
Federal Aviation Administration and Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials are expected to arrive at the airpark Saturday to investigate the incident, according to airpark President Ed Stadelman.
Two people were in the plane, Stadelman said. Both were being treated for life-threatening injuries, according to the Falmouth police Facebook page on Friday evening.
At the scene of the crash, at around 4:15 p.m., one person on a stretcher was being rushed to a medical helicopter. Several fire and police department vehicles were at the private airpark.
"We have a plane down," Stadelman said at the scene. The immediate focus was to get individuals out of the crashed aircraft, he said.
The registration number on the side of the fixed-wing, single-engine plane indicates that it's owned by Candace Oldham of East Falmouth, according to the Federal Aviation Administration database.
The private airpark is operated by a homeowners association and is comprised of homes and a runway.
Falmouth airplane crash occurred as the plane landed
The aircraft was a Mooney aircraft, said Stadelman in a small operations facility located on the airfield Friday evening. The plane landed about 50 yards short of the runway, he said.
Damage to the aircraft was substantial, Stadelman said. He declined to share information about the condition of individuals in the plane.
The last time an incident like this happened at the Falmouth Airpark was close to ten years ago, he said.
“It doesn’t happen often, it’s a rare occurrence here,” Stadelman said.
Previous plane crash at Falmouth Airpark injured pilot
In 2012, Jeffrey Mandeville, the pilot of a single-engine private plane, crashed in woods near the Falmouth Airpark. Mandeville met rescue personnel as they responded to the crash and declined medical treatment.
Here's what happened in 2012:Pilot walks away from Falmouth plane crash
Mandeville was the sole occupant of the plane that crashed off a dirt section of Timothy Bourne Cartway.
A Federal Aviation Administration database identified Mandeville, with an address inside the Falmouth Airpark, as the owner of the nearly 3-year-old fixed-wing aircraft.
More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.
Staff writer Mary Ann Bragg contributed to this story.
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