Sunday, approximately 30 miles north of Washington, D.C., a small plane collided with high-voltage power lines, resulting in widespread power outages. Rescue services worked through the night to free two people still entangled in the cables.
According to the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, the aircraft crashed at approximately 5:30 p.m. (2230 GMT) in foggy and rainy conditions in Montgomery Village, Maryland. It became entangled in live power lines approximately 100 feet above the ground.
According to Pepco, a Washington-area utility company, the impact resulted in power outages for over 120,000 customers. Additionally, roads were closed and numerous traffic lights in the area were out.
According to fire officials, two people were alive but trapped inside the aircraft.
Scott Goldstein, the fire chief of Montgomery County, stated that rescue workers were in contact with the occupants by calling their cell phones at regular intervals. He refused to comment on the condition of the plane's passengers, stating only that "we have been in contact with them."
"There is no other way to determine if it is safe to access the tower until it is grounded," Goldstein told reporters. "This means crews must climb up to the wires themselves and attach clamps and cables" to ensure there is no static electricity or "stray" power.
Before removing the passengers, the aircraft must be secured to the electrical tower, according to Goldstein. In addition to an "extraordinarily large crane" provided by a local company, electrical tower specialists will operate large tower bucket trucks, according to him.
According to the FAA, the Mooney M20J aircraft took off from Westchester, New York, and was scheduled to land at Montgomery Airpark, near the crash site.