Three die in plane crash at Knox County Regional Airport

Plane reportedly struck pickup truck crossing runway
By Daniel Dunkle | Nov 17, 2012
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Knox County Regional Airport Manager Jeff Northgraves talks to reporters Nov. 16 after a fatal plane crash just off the Owls Head 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.

Comments (22)
Posted by: pam dodge | Nov 17, 2012 17:00

were very saddened on this tragedy  our thoughts and prayes for the ones killed and there familys great job village soup..thank you and god bless

Posted by: Town of St. George | Nov 17, 2012 13:27

I don't ever comment on any news reporting anywhere because that is just what it is, new reporting.  The only reason I am now is because I do read the comments and it seems Valerie has a comment about EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME!  I do not know Valerie so my OPINION is based ONLY on what she comments.   I still like the old fashion version too Lorrie, write to the editor if you don't like what gets reported.  DO NOT use tragic articles like this one to get your name in print.......AGAIN.  Roni Scammon

Posted by: Jennie Demmons | Nov 17, 2012 11:36

Yeah Valerie, I think you are the only one thinking this.. I'm not trying to put you down, but just think before you write something..

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this tragic accident.. God Bless you all..

Posted by: MIchael or Rhonda Smith | Nov 17, 2012 10:04

I would rather read accurate reports than first reports. Nice work VS.  Terrible tragedy


Posted by: Mac McFarland | Nov 17, 2012 09:11

Thanks Rebecca, Well stated . Sorrow and sadness at this loss is enough for now. I'm glad VS is here at it's own chosen speed.

Posted by: Rebecca Lynn French | Nov 17, 2012 08:38

VS this is the first time I have received your internet page/paper and I think you are doing a great Job, Keep up the great work...Thank you Cindy for speaking out....Very sorry to the Family's my pray's and thought's are with you......I know I would not want to go on VS and read an Article about what had happen to my family and then scroll down to read NASTY comments right after lossing precious people that I this time we just all need to bow our heads and pray for all these family's that's what they need right now, Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner... Very sad........PRAYER'S

Posted by: RUTH ROWLING MAXFIELD | Nov 17, 2012 07:50

Tragic news!  Lifting up the involved families in prayer.

On another matter . . .  have never thought of VS as a "breaking news" sort of reporting entity . . . but rather for in-depth reporting of local news.  Com'on folks . . they are not CNN nor FOX (thankfully!!).  Let's give Valerie a break . . . unless those who are dissing her have never goof'd!

Posted by: Lorrie Callaway | Nov 17, 2012 07:40

My heartfelt sympathies to those killed in this horrible crash and to their families. This is a time for our small communities to come together, not be torn apart by petty comments. Letters to the editor are always available to those unhappy with news coverage. Let us be thankful we have any type of local newspaper, and focus our attention on this terrible tragedy. My prayers to all who are affected by this crash including all of those at the Knox County Airport who had to witness it.


Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Nov 17, 2012 07:32

good job vs i think the people who read vs know that it is very hard to know weir  to be when news is breaking

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 17, 2012 06:19

My sincere apologies to Dan and to the readers of VS and the loved ones lost in this horrific accident.  My first comment was uncaring and not appropriate and not at all me.

Posted by: Laura Libby-Campbell | Nov 17, 2012 03:41

Why is it that everyone thinks that VS should be reporting these stories the SECOND anything happens??!!  Who cares if Channel 6 airs it first or last...who cares if it doesn't give every little detail...maybe VS should just sell out again so no one will have any clue as to what's going on locally.  On another note....this is a sad tragedy for the families sad.

Posted by: Debra L Whittier | Nov 16, 2012 21:54

I'm with Cindy!!!  This was a terrible tragedy and an unimaginable loss for the loved ones of the victims.


Posted by: WILLIAM ANDERSON | Nov 16, 2012 21:14

Valerie, I'm sure people are more concerned with the poor people who lost their lives and their famlies, who must be devastated.  This was an inapporopriate comment on your part.  How in heck cares who reported what first?????  What is the matter with you???  Cindy Anderson

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 16, 2012 21:10

I am not heartless.  I was waiting for correct information to come in. Regardless, the communities prayers and heartfelt thoughts go out to the families and loved ones at this difficult time.

Posted by: Catherine L Leonard | Nov 16, 2012 21:03

How horrific! Positive thoughts and prayers for the families!

Posted by: Judy Olson | Nov 16, 2012 20:39

Seriously a bad accident and it's terrible for the friends and families of these people, especially with the upcoming Holidays.

Posted by: mary ann butler | Nov 16, 2012 20:09

I felt this was a tragedy-not a race for first reporting. I am sorry for the loss of life from this accident.

Posted by: Judith C Feyler | Nov 16, 2012 19:24

We live less than half a mile from the crash site.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the three families who lost loved ones.


Posted by: Henrik Larsen | Nov 16, 2012 18:40

So sad irrespective of the timing of the reporting.  Our hearts and thoughts go to the families.

Posted by: Donald Burr | Nov 16, 2012 18:38

Prayers on the way for all involved.  Thank you for information.

Posted by: Jennifer J Dostie Stewart | Nov 16, 2012 18:31

My heart goes out to the families of these people.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 16, 2012 18:14

Hmm, already on FB and WCSH 6 who reported that the crash happened around 4:45 this afternoon.  Alittle bit slow on the reporting VS, lately.  Just letting you know that I dont' think I am the only one that is thinking this.


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