1 dead, 1 critically injured in plane crash near Tweed New Haven Airport

(WTNH / Report-It)


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– One person has died and another was critically injured after a plane crashed in East Haven near Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport, Wednesday morning.

The East Haven and New Haven Fire Departments say that the plane went down near Tweed Airport around 9:57 a.m, shortly after takeoff. There were two males on board the single-engine Piper PA 38 Tomahawk aircraft, registry number N2452C,  when the crash happened during a routine training exercise from the Connecticut Flight Academy.

Pablo Campos Isona (Photo via Facebook)
Pablo Campos Isona (Photo via Facebook)

Late Wednesday afternoon, National Transportation Safety Board officials revealed the name of the deceased man as 31-year-old Pablo Campos Isona, of East Haven. The other person on board is currently at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he is being treated in the hospital’s trauma area for critical injuries. His identity has not been released.

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(WTNH / Report-It / rtcio2la)
(WTNH / Report-It / rtcio2la)

East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo said in a press conference that the plane had just taken off when it reported a “mayday” and crashed when turning around.

Image of the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk aircraft, registry number N2452C, involved in a crash near Tweed New Haven Airport (Image courtesy of FlightAware.com)
Image of the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk aircraft, registry number N2452C, involved in a crash near Tweed New Haven Airport (Image courtesy of FlightAware.com)

It took police and fire crews about fifteen minutes to locate the plane in a swamp area off airport property north of Roses Farm Road, about 25 yards from the southeast side of runway two.

Fire officials say that the victims were difficult to access due to the mud, high grass, ice and two feet of water in the swamp area.

The initial call came in from someone who saw the crash on Roses Farm Road in East Haven.

The East Haven police and fire departments,  the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Airport Authority, the Connecticut State Police, the CCT Airport Authority, along Branford police and New Haven police, all responded to the scene.

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(Photo provided by the Town of East Haven)
(Photo provided by the Town of East Haven)

The FAA released the following statement regarding the crash:

A Piper PA 38 aircraft crashed at the approach end of Runway 2 at Tweed-New Haven Airport in Ct at about 10 a.m. today. Check with local authorities on the condition of the two people on board. The FAA will investigate.

There is no word on the cause of the crash at this time. Tweed Airport was closed for several hours Wednesday, but has since reopened.

Medical Examiner's vehicle at the crash scene (WTNH / Tim Clune)
Medical Examiner’s vehicle at the crash scene (WTNH / Tim Clune)

The NTSB says they have investigated 12 plane crashes or accidents at Tweed in the last 30 years. The most recent was the 2013 East Haven plane crash that left four people dead.

Officials will recover the wreckage from the swamp Thursday and send it down to Delaware for further examination.

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