NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Two people and a dog were rescued after a small plane crashed into the Quinnipiac River in New Haven on Thursday.
A young married couple on their way back from Florida had the fright of their lives when their plane’s engine started sputtering while they were 7,000ft in the air on Thursday evening.
The plane’s pilot radioed into Tweed-New Haven Airport in to let them know they were in distress. The airline directed the pilot to attempt to land at the airport, Sean Scanlon, the executive director of Tweed New Haven Airport said.
The pilot felt he was unable to make it to the airport and made the decision to try landing in the Quinnipiac River in New Haven, officials said.
The plane landed in a shallow area of the water, and the couple was able to self-extricate from the plane and rescue their dog.
Bystanders at the scene were able to get to the couple and their dog and bring them to shore in their boat. They were not injured but were shaken up, according to officials.
On Friday, crews used airbags to raise the plane and a crane to remove it from the river, Assistant Chief of the New Haven Fire Department Justin McCarthy said.
Officials from the Coast Guard, New Haven Police Department, New Haven Fire Department, and Connecticut State Police responded to the scene of the plane crash.
The fire department is working with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to ensure there is no damage to the environment as a result of the crash.