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Plane Crash Near Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington

A small plane has crashed in the woods near the Middlesex Turnpike and Fourth Avenue with two passengers on board.

By John Waller and Liz Taurasi

Just before 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, a small, single-engine plane with two on board crashed in the woods near the Middlesex Turnpike and Fourth Avenue in Burlington, about a half mile from the Burlington Mall.

According to a preliminary investigation by Massachusetts State Police, there were no injuries as a result of the crash. The plane had a parachute, which the pilot deployed successfully.

WCVB is reporting the plane was bound for Hanscom Field in Bedford where on May 31 seven passengers died when a plane crashed on takeoff. According to WCVB, the pilot reported engine failure. 

    The female pilot and passenger of Wednesday's crash are said to have walked away from the wreck.

    Several media outlets are reporting witnesses ran into the woods following the crash. WHDH, 7-News is reporting one of the witnesses said the pilot was unhurt, but upset and shaken. 

    Just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, Burlington Police said all roads are open in town and the crash has no impact on traffic. 

    Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent addressed the media this afternoon. He said the plane crashed in a wooded swamp area and it was challenging. He also said the town's water supply has not been affected by the crash. 

    He also said the pilot and passenger were not hurt but taken to Lahey Clinic in Burlington out of precaution.

    Massachusetts State Police say the plane crash is being investigated by the federal state and local agencies, the FAA and Mass Aeronautical.

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    Updates: 

    2:40 p.m. - WCVB is reporting the plane was bound for Hanscom Field 

    2:20 p.m. - The entire plane appears to have had a parachute, according to photos from the scene.

    2:07 p.m. - After a preliminary investigation, Massachusetts State Police believe that there have been no injuries as a result of the crash.

    2:03 p.m.Burlington Police confirm two people were on board and that the FAA has been notified.

    2 p.m. - A parachute has been reportedly located on Fourth Avenue in Burlington. Firefighters have responded to the scene, and there are two victims with unknown injuries.

    Patch will bring you more information as it becomes available. 

    tom reese June 11, 2014 at 05:33 PM
    Which was there first, the airport, or your house?
    J. Parker June 11, 2014 at 09:02 PM
    The airport, Tom (I think). Been here for 50 yrs., and it hasn't been as busy. I'm not complaining, just saying...... We're over four miles from the airport, so how far away do you think houses should be built?
    Frank Rossetti June 12, 2014 at 08:10 AM
    Homes do not need to be that far from the airport, but nobody should buy one and then try to shut down the airport. Just don't buy near an airport and expect silence. This accident could happen anywhere, as the engine quit. the parachute was a life saver
    Bill Gerber June 12, 2014 at 09:29 AM
    Why Is this event called a crash? The plane came down safely on a parachute; unusual, perhaps, but with little or no damage done. Does one call a parachutist's landing a crash? I think not. Old aviation criteria states that a good landing is one that the occupants can walk away from. And a really good landing is one where the plane can be used again. Initial indications are that both criteria have been met!
    Frank Rossetti June 12, 2014 at 09:35 AM
    off airport landing is more like it

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