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matinicus plane crash July 2011
  • Published
    November 11, 2011

    Coast Guard honors Matinicus islanders for July plane rescue

    On Nov. 9, Coast Guard Station Rockland Commanding Officer CWO Sebastian Arnsdorf, along with members of his staff, traveled to Matinicus Island to deliver awards from Sector Northern New England to island residents Clayton Philbrook and Robert Young for their actions in the aftermath of a July 17 plane crash that put a pilot and three passengers in the waters north of the Matinicus airstrip. In a semi-formal ...

  • Published
    July 28, 2011

    From the cockpit: ‘We are going to have to get out’

    Eva Murray's voice is still raspy, five days after escaping from an airplane sinking deep into the ocean off Matinicus Island. Her thoughts are at times a breathless tumble, as she conveys a narrative of what happened on July 17, when the Midcoast — an island, its fishermen, a team of pilots and dispatchers, and first responders both on Matinicus and the mainland — scrambled to save four who crashed from the sky ...

  • Published
    July 26, 2011

    Plane recovered from water off Matinicus

    The Cessna 206 airplane that was ditched at sea off Matinicus Island, after losing power shortly after takeoff July 17, was raised from 92 feet of water and brought to the mainland last weekend. On July 23, a team from Fields Dive Service went to the sea bottom to prepare the plane for being hoisted in slings, from a crane mounted on a barge owned and operated by Prock Marine. The Prock barge brought its cargo ...

  • Published
    July 19, 2011

    Islanders save Matinicus plane crash victims

    "At the end of the day, you've got 15 seconds to deal with the situation," said Penobscot Island Air Service owner Kevin Waters. He said pilot Robert Hoffman used his experience, training and common sense in responding to a sudden loss of power, shortly after takeoff. "He's a great guy," said Waters. "The guys above watched over, too." The plane crash that occurred approximately 150 yards off the northwest ...

  • Published
    July 19, 2011

    Plane salvage awaits calmer seas

    A salvage crew from Prock Marine is waiting for the seas off Matinicus Island, 20 miles southeast of Rockland, to settle before beginning the operation that will raise to the surface the Cessna 206 aircraft that sank below the surface, leaving four people in the frigid water for more than 20 minutes, and ultimately sending them to hospitals around the state, July 17. Passenger Karen Ford of Waterville remains ...

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