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Small plane crashes into power lines in Maryland

A small plane crashed into power lines in Maryland, leaving at least two people dangling about 100 feet in the air, officials said. The crash knocked out power to thousands of people in the area.

A single-engine Mooney M20J crashed into wires near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Maryland, around 5:40 p.m. local time Sunday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane appeared to be intact as it was caught in a web of power lines about 100 feet in the air. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Pete Piringer and the FAA initially said there were two people aboard the plane, but Piringer later said in a video from the scene that he believed three people were trapped inside.

As of roughly 6:30 p.m., Piringer said the people aboard the plane appeared to be relatively unhurt, but that they remained in a "very precarious situation," as the wires were still energized.

Update - Gaithersburg, Maryland, @MontgomeryCoMD small plane into powerlines & tower plow, suspended about 100 feet in the air, two persons on board uninjured at this time, @mcfrs on scene, Widespread power outages, some roads closed in area,

— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) November 27, 2022

The crash led to "widespread power outages" and road closures nearby, officials said. 

Pepco confirmed that the crash affected approximately 85,000 customers and said they are working with authorities to assess the damage. 

"We have confirmed that a private plane came into contact with Pepco's transmission lines in Montgomery County, resulting in an outage to approximately 85,000 customers," the utility company tweeted. "We are assessing damage and working closely with Montgomery County fire and emergency services."

The crash will be investigated by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board, with the NTSB leading the investigation and providing additional updates, the FAA said in a statement.   

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