Passengers rescued after small plane crashes into power line

A pilot and passenger were brought to safety after a small jet slammed into a transmission tower in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Sunday evening.
1:57 | 11/28/22

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>> IT'S SUCH A FRIGHTENING SITUATION THERE RIGHT NOW. >>> TURNING NOW TO DELICATE RESCUE OPERATION OVERNIGHT, HOW DELICATE, A SMALL PLANE THAT CRASHED AND WAS TANGLED IN HIGH-TENSION POWER LINES, OUR GIO BENITEZ IS BACK WITH HOW FIRST RESPONDERS SAVED THE PILOT AND PASSENGERS. THEY WERE TRAPPED IN THE AIR FOR A BIT. >> Reporter: T.J. THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS OPERATION, THE SINGLE-ENGINE PLANE WAS FLYING FROM NEW YORK TO MARYLAND AND IT CRASHED JUST A MILE AWAY FROM THE AIRPORT, THIS MORNING, A RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK FOR A HARROWING RESCUE IN GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND, EMERGENCY PERSONNEL SCRAMBLING TO REACH A PILOT AND A PASSENGER, THE TWO STRANDED A HUNDRED FEET IN THE AIR, THE SMALL PLANE FIRST SMASHING INTO A TRANSITION TOWER BEFORE COMING TO REST IN THESE HIGH TENSION POWER LINES. >> AT THE FIRST PATIENT WAS COMING OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT AND COMING DOWN TO THE GROUND. THE SECOND PATIENT WAS OUT AND COMING DOWN AT >> Reporter: THE PILOT AND PASSENGER ABLE TO TALK TO RESCUERS. >> WE'RE STILL IN REGULAR CONTACT WITH THE FOLKS IN THE AIRCRAFT. >> Reporter: THE IMPACT KNOCKING OUT POWER TO MORE THAN A 100,000 CUSTOMERS. >> WE CAN SEE THE LIGHT IN THE COCKPIT OF THE CELL PHONE FROM THE PILOT. >> Reporter: THE RESCUE OPERATION A DELICATE ONE INVOLVING MULTIPLE CREWS WORKING TO SECURE THE PLANE AND ULTIMATELY BRING IT DOWN BUT FIRST POWER CREWS HAD TO MAKE SURE THE CURRENT TO THE WIRES WAS SHUT OFF. >> WHICH MEANS CREWS HAVE TO GO UP TO THE WIRES THEMSELVES, TO PUT CLAMPS OR CABLES ON TO THE WIRES TO THEN ENSURE THERE'S NO STATIC ELECTRICITY, NO RESIDUAL POWER. >> Reporter: NOW BOTH MEN SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES FROM THE CRASH BUT ALSO FROM HYPERTHERM YA, THANKFULLY THIS MORNING THEY'RE EXPECTED TO BE OKAY. >> THEY HAD TO GET A LOT RIGHT

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