PRESQUE ISLE, Maine ( NEWS CENTER)— Federal authorities are looking into a crash landing at the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle. According to Karen Gonya with the Aroostook County Medical Center, just after 6:50 Wednesday evening, a fixed-wing aircraft that was carrying a patient as well as a paramedic and nurse from the Crown Critical Care Transport team crash-landed at the south end of the airport.
Gonya said, The plane is owned and operated by Fresh Air, LLC and is one of two planes contracted by the Aroostook Medical Center to transport patients in need of care in a tertiary care hospital, such as the ones in Bangor and Portland.
Early reports indicate that the plane experienced an engine fire after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport when it lost power and landed short of the runway. The patient, the Crown Critical Care transport crew and the pilot were all transported to TAMC’s emergency department where they are being evaluated, said Gonya.
TAMC President Greg LaFrancois, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved. I want to thank the first responders who were so quick to action to get these individuals to safety. Our own Crown ambulance crew members, as well as crew from the Presque Isle Fire Department ambulance service were both incredible tonight.”
Gonya says federal authorities will continue to investigate the incident.