Sep 5, 2015 4:38 PM
LACONIA - An small plane crashed near Weirs Beach shortly before 4 p.m on Saturday, and the pilot was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with multiple injuries.
According to firefighters, the aircraft came down along the shore behind 86 Lucerne Ave. The sole occupant of the plane was in critical condition and had to be extricated from the wreckage.
A medical helicopter was called and once the pilot was freed, he was taken by ambulance to the former Saint Helena's Church where the helicopter was able to land.
Witnesses reported seeing the plane over the docks, looking as if it was ready to land when it did a sudden nosedive and crashed on the lawn next to a home near the Weirs docks and by the channel.
"We were walking down the boardwalk and we saw the guy come flying over the beach and hit a nosedive and then kind of made a little loop and went right over the lawn and crashed right over the rocks, did a few loops," said Amber Prixoto, who was visiting the Weirs from Boston.
"We were coming in on the boat, parking the boat on the docks, "said Brad Hallenborg from Waltham Mass. "And he came in right over our heads. We were watching him. We thought he was trying to land and I saw him take a nosedive and then he just hit the ground and kind of flipped a couple of time."
Police said they are not releasing the name of the injured man, pending notification of family.
The accident is under investigation by Laconia police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the N.H. Bureau of Aeronautics.
According to the FAA, the aircraft that crashed as a REVO Light-Sport and not an ultralight as initially reported.
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