Dec 5, 2014 5:31 PM
Pilot walks away from scary, single-engine plane crash in Brookline
BROOKLINE - A single-engine plane crashed into a farm field in Brookline on Friday. Amazingly, the young training pilot walked away.
It was just another quiet Friday morning in sleepy Brookline until an unidentified, young pilot had to dump his single-engine Cessna in Jean Turkington's backyard.
"The fire chief knocked on my door to tell me there was a plane in my backyard. I said you've got to be kidding,'' Turkington said.
A mechanic of Eagle East Aviation of Andover, Mass., who asked not to be identified, confirmed to NH1 News the Cessna 150 was totaled in the crash.
The pilot in training was said to have less than 50 hours in the air and was making a trial run from Fitchburg, Mass., to Keene when the engine reportedly conked out.
"No he got out. He walked to the ambulance and told them he was OK,'' Turkington said.
He told locals the hope was to make it to Brookline's airfield but he came up short and landed in Turkington's large sloping field.
The plane clipped utility lines and knocked out power to Mason and Russell Hill Road residents.
Public Service Company of New Hampshire crews swiftly moved in and brought the lights back on two hours later.
A National Transportation Safety Board probe means Jean Turkington will have a large lawn ornament to talk about for a while.
"It will be in my yard for the next couple of days so I figure there will be lots and lots of traffic in my yard over the next several days,'' Turkington added.