Plane Crash in Vt. Involved Two Off-Duty Airmen

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A small private plane that crashed on a Lake Champlain Island Monday involved two members of the Vermont Air National Guard, according to Capt. Dyana Allen, spokesperson for the guard.  

Allen said because the Federal Aviation Administration is the lead investigator in the case, she could not release additional details about the crash, including the names of the airmen, or the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Both men, who were off-duty at the time, were uninjured, Allen said. “We appreciate the concern from the community and are happy that neither of our Airmen were injured and are currently back at work, a press release stated.

In an email to Local 22 & Local 44 News Tuesday afternoon, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the ‘Piper PA-11 crashed on landing at the Savage Island Airport’ at around noon on Monday.

Grand Isle County Sheriff Ray Allen, who was first to arrive at the crash site, said it wasn’t immediately reported.

Sheriff Allen said no one was with the plane, and described it as having a twisted prop, and crushed landing gear. 

The FAA said the crash remains under investigation.

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