By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 29. 2018 8:34PM
NH State Police and NH Marine Patrol inspect the aircraft after a crash into the Connecticut River on Sunday. . (COURTESY)
HAVERHILL — Two people were injured — one seriously — Sunday afternoon when the small plane they were flying in crashed into the Connecticut River.
A SeaRey aircraft crashed Sunday around 12:36 p.m. on the Connecticut River near Haverhill with two people on board, Rick Breitenfeldt, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. According to a company website, a SeaRey is described as “an American two-seat, single-engine, amphibious flying boat.”
The FAA is investigating the crash, Breitenfeldt said.
According to New Hampshire State Police, the aircraft was carrying one pilot and one passenger, who were both injured. One occupant was transported by helicopter to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with serious injuries, but was in stable condition Sunday night. The other occupant was transported by ambulance to Cottage Hospital in Woodsville.
The plane came down near the Harkdale dairy farm in Newbury, Vt., just across the Connecticut River from Haverhill. Mary Carson owns and operates the farm with her husband Russell.
“Russell was outside working when he told me he heard two small planes fly over,” said Mary Carson. “They both tried to land in the river. One didn’t make it.”
Carson said the DHART helicopter landed in one of her farm’s pastures to pick up one of the crash victims.
“Planes like this have tried to land on the river before,” said Carson. “This time, it didn’t work.”
Staci Huckins of Troy said she was part of a 24 mile paddling trip along the Connecticut River, going from Monroe to Haverhill, when the crash occurred.
“We were all right there when the plane crashed on the other side of the peninsula from us,” Huckins posted on Facebook. “We knew it crashed as soon as it happened. I really hope both people in the plane are going to be ok.”
State police said a pilot traveling in a similar aircraft and a tour helicopter from the nearby Haverhill Fair, along with Newbury, Vermont fire personnel and Vermont state police provided assistance at the scene.
Anyone with any information about the crash is asked to contact Trooper Alex Peplinski at 227-0076 or [email protected]