Three die in plane crash at Knox County Regional AirportPlane reportedly struck pickup truck crossing runway
Owls Head — Three people, who remain unidentified, died when a Cessna 172 single-engine plane crashed in Owls Head as it was taking off from Knox County Regional Airport at 4:44 p.m. Nov. 16, according to Airport Manager Jeff Northgraves.
Northgraves said the plane collided with a pickup truck driven by another pilot that crossed the runway as the 4-seat Cessna began its take-off.
The driver of the truck was not injured, according to Chief Deputy Tim Carroll of the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Police are not releasing the driver's name at this time. The truck was a Chevy S10, which sustained front-end damage, Carroll reported.
After striking the truck, the plane continued its take-off and reached an altitude of about 100 feet before crashing and catching fire.
Northgraves said no information was available regarding the identity of the plane's pilot or two passengers. He said tail numbers of the plane also are not available at this time, though he said the plane does not belong to Cape Air or Penobscot Air.
The Federal Aviation Administration will head the investigation of the crash. Personnel from the Portland office were on their way to the scene Friday night. The Maine Fire Marshal's Office was also called in to investigate the incident.
The driver of the pickup had just put a plane away in a hanger nearby when the crash occurred, according to Northgraves.
Area Emergency Medical Services and local fire departments responded to the scene along with Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.