Small plane crashes after takeoff; 2 injured

The New Garden Township Police Department responded on Wednesday, June 1, at 8:58 a.m. to the New Garden Flying Field located for a small plane crash that caused non-life-threatening injuries to its two male occupants.

Upon arrival at the airport, located at 1235 Newark Road, police and emergency personnel from Avondale Fire and Ambulance Company and Medic 94 found that a small two-seater aircraft lost altitude after just taking off from the runway and collided with a hangar, a police press release said.

Both the pilot and passenger, ages 68 and 70, were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries and transported to the Christiana Hospital in Stanton, Del., for additional treatment. The release said that both men’s conditions were stable; their names are not being released until families have been notified.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the aircraft, described as a 1940s Aeronca Champ, left the runway heading in a northeasterly direction when it lost power and attempted to return to the airfield. Upon attempting the turn, the aircraft collided with the east side of a hangar, penetrating the structure where it came to rest, the release said.

No persons were present inside, and minimal property damage occurred to objects within the hangar. The hangar structure has suffered damage and is being evaluated by township engineers, the release said.


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