OSSIPEE MAN IN FAIR CONDITION AFTER PLANE CRASH

by Christian Mower on May 14, 2012

A SPOKESPERSON FOR MAINE MEDICAL CENTER IN PORTLAND SAYS A 71-YEAR-OLD OSSIPEE MAN WAS LISTED IN FAIR CONDITION THERE MONDAY MORNING AFTER CRASHING AN ANTIQUE AIRPLANE IN FREEDOM, NEW HAMPSHIRE SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

FREEDOM POLICE CHIEF JOSH SHACKFORD SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT AND SEVERAL OTHER POLICE AND FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED SHORTLY BEFORE 2 P.M. SUNDAY TO THE VERSO PAPER COMPANY LUMBER YARD, WHERE 71-YEAR-OLD GARY COLE OF WEST OSSIPEE HAD CRASHED A 1936 SINGLE ENGINE STINSON SR7B RELIANT PROPELLER PLANE INTO A LOG PILE.

RESCUERS FOUND THE PLANE UPSIDE DOWN BUT COLE WAS ABLE TO GET OUT ON HIS OWN. HE WAS AIRLIFTED BY LIFE FLIGHT OF MAINE TO MAINE MEDICAL CENTER IN PORTLAND.

COLE WAS THE ONLY ONE ABOARD THE PLANE – SHACKFORD SAYS THERE WAS NO FIRE.

HE DOESN’T KNOW IF COLE WAS TRYING TO TAKE OFF OR LAND WHEN HE CRASHED.

COLE LIVES IN THE SOARING HEIGHTS AVIATION COMMUNITY IN WEST OSSIPEE, NOT FAR FROM THE CRASH SITE.

SHACKFORD SAYS WINDS WERE GUSTING TO ABOUT 14 KNOTS IN THE AREA SUNDAY AFTERNOON BUT WEATHER DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

OFFICIALS FROM THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WERE AT THE CRASH SCENE INVESTIGATING MONDAY MORNING.

SHACKFORD’S DEPARTMENT WAS ASSISTED BY NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE, THE CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND OSSIPEE POLICE – AS WELL AS FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM WEST OSSIPEE AND FREEDOM.