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Sep 6, 2015 9:21 PM

UPDATE: Pilot involved in Laconia crash dies


LACONIA - The pilot of a small aircraft that crashed in a private yard near the Weirs Beach Channel has died.

According to Laconia Police, the pilot was William P. Panuski, 69, of Sanbornton.

Panuski, the only person on board, was flown by medical helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center following the crash that occurred just before 4 p.m.

On Sunday evening, a hospital supervisor told NH1 News that Panuski was in critical condition in the ICU. But Laconia Police later confirmed that Panuski had succumbed to his injuries following notification to his family.

Authorities are now asking for anyone who may have captured Panuski in flight before the crash to send in video to assist in their investigation.

Original reports had indicated that the aircraft was an ultralight style, but the FAA has now confirmed to NH1 News that Panuski was flying a REVO light sport aircraft.

Officials said it appears the REVO lost power before it went down on the front lawn of a Lucerne Avenue home.

"I went into the bedroom, looked out the window, and I saw there was a plane that had crashed here," said Robert Portney, who lives next door to the crash scene.

Portney is also a medical doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"I ran downstairs, came outside - came over here and I said 'I'm a medical doctor, is there anything I can do?' We checked his pulse, we checked his respiratory rate. Asked people to get oxygen, obviously by that point the EMT's were here," he said.

Portney said Panuski was not conscious at the scene.

The FAA is now investigating and the NTSB will determine probable cause.

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