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May 30, 2016 5:08 PM

UPDATE: Pilot in Warner plane crash identified, injuries 'non-life-threatening'


WARNER - One of the victims in Sunday night's plane crash near Stewart's Peak has been identified as plane owner David L. Ralph of Great Barrington, Mass.

When reached at Concord Hospital on Monday afternoon, Ralph declined comment. The hospital has him listed in fair condition. The hospital had no information about the female passenger. Officials had said both passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

A woman who lives near the crash site called for help after hearing a distressed engine circling overhead in what she described as "thick fog."

"They circled about three times and then all of a sudden I heard this funny noise, it was different than what the engine was sounding and then all of a sudden it got really quiet," said Deb Moore.

Warner Fire Chief Ed Raymond said the plane crashed into heavy trees and broke into several pieces.

Authorities say it took the victims about an hour to find a cellphone in the wreckage and call for help.

"The girl was able to give us a good description of how bad and what the injuries were on her and the pilot," Raymond said.

He said the couple was "extremely lucky" to have survived.

A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said investigators will be on scene Tuesday to try to determine why the 1996 single-engine plane went down.


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