FAA and NTSB investigating experimental plane crash

HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — The Federal Aviation Administration or FAA is now investigating the crash which Norman Hanenbaum never imagined would have happened.

“All of a sudden I heard this huge crash and I jumped up,” says Hanenbaum.

He thought a tree fell on his house. He was very wrong and very lucky he didn’t get hurt.

Home video shows the plane identified by the FAA as a Freedom Master FM-2, experimental aircraft had just taken off from the nearby Goodspeed Airport when if fell from the sky and right into his living room.

His neighbor had to tell him there’s a plane on your roof.

“Did you ever hear such a word? There’s a plane on your roof,” says Hanenbaum.

That plane was removed Saturday night and is being kept at the airport across the Connecticut River where FAA investigators continue to look at the wreckage.

The National Transportation Safety Board or NTSB which will determine the cause of the crash is looking at maintenance records while the FAA checks the engine and does the field fact finding.

“They were here within two hours of the event,” says Hanenbaum.

The pilot of the plane Benjamin Temple of Rockaway, New York was airlifted to Hartford Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

No one on the ground was injured although it was a very close call.

“I’m still not over the heebee geebees because it’s such a frightening experience,” says Hanenbaum.

His house on Little Meadow Road is still unsafe.

“The boards started coming down and the light fixture came down and the pictures off the wall and the mirrors oh my god I was like what’s happening I thought it was a war,” says Hanenbaum.

After he went back into the house Saturday he realized the nose of that plane was just three feet from where he was sitting.

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