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2 rescued from plane stuck in Maryland power lines

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MANDATORY CREDIT WJLA; NO ACCESS WASHINGTON, DC MARKET; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSWJLA - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MANDATORY CREDIT WJLA; NO ACCESS WASHINGTON, DC MARKET; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKS++NIGHT SHOTS++Gaithersburg, Maryland - 28 November 20221. Crew working on plane caught in wiresHEADLINE: 2 rescued from plane stuck in power lines++SHOT #1 COVERS SOUNDBITE #2++Gaithersburg, Maryland - 27 November 20222. SOUNDBITE (English) Chief Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue:"So roughly 5:30 p.m., a plane came into contact with this high tension power line pole here behind me"WJLA - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MANDATORY CREDIT WJLA; NO ACCESS WASHINGTON, DC MARKET; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSGaithersburg, Maryland - 28 November 2022++SHOT #3 PARTLY COVERS SOUNDBITE #4++3. Plane caught in wires, bucket with rescue crew moves away as first person removed from plane is brought to ground.++SHOTS #3 AND #5 PARTLY COVER SOUNDBITE #4++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Chief Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue:"It was right at midnight (12amET/0500GMT) when the fire crew, along with AUI's personnel, were at the plane beginning of the tieback operation. That is where they secure the aircraft to the tower itself. That was right at midnight. That was completed at 12:15 hours. At 12:25, the first patient was coming out of the aircraft and coming down to the ground. The second patient was out and coming down at 12:36."5. Closer shot of bucket removing second person6. Rescued person in stretcher brought to ambulance/Nat Sound applause from people on scene++SHOT #6 COVERS SOUNDBITE #7, PARTLY COVERS SOUNDBITE #8++7. SOUNDBITE (English) Chief Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue:"Both patients have been transported from the scene to local area trauma centers with serious injuries."8. SOUNDBITE (English) Chief Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue:"What I do believe was is faster than we expected was the ability to remove them from the aircraft themselves. Both people assisted us in their, you know, movement from the aircraft to the bucket of those tower units. So that made it for a much faster removal or extrication, as we would describe."++SHOT #9 PARTLY COVERS SOUNDBITE #8++9. Crews working on planeSTORYLINE:Two people were extricated from a small plane early Monday in Maryland, several hours after they crashed into power lines, causing widespread outages in the surrounding county.Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said the plane was secured to the tower at 12:16 a.m. and the first occupant was removed from the plane at 12:25 a.m. The second occupant was out at 12:36 a.m. Goldstein did not say which of the men, identified by Maryland State Police as pilot Patrick Merkle, 65, of Washington, D.C., and passenger Jan Williams, 66, of Louisiana, were rescued first from the plane that was stuck about 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground. He said both men suffered “serious injuries” from the crash and that hypothermia was also an issue. Both men were transported to local trauma centers with non-life threatening injuries, Goldstein said.The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the single-engine plane, which had departed White Plains, New York, crashed into a power line tower near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg around 5:40 p.m. Sunday.The FAA identified the plane as a Mooney M20J.The video showed a small white plane positioned nose up near a power tower. A local television station's live video showed the plane remained stuck in the transmission tower after 8 p.m. The utility Pepco had reported that about 120,000 customers were without power in Montgomery County. At the time of the rescue, most of the power had been restored to the county, outside of the crash site. Goldstein said the next steps were to secure the plane, remove it and then the powerlines will be restrung and reconnected.The crash took place in Gaithersburg, a city of 69,000 people about 24 miles (39 kilometers) northwest of Washington, D.C. The cause of the crash wasn't immediately clear. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what happened. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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