A small airplane crashed into power lines in Maryland on Sunday evening, and emergency crews were working throughout the night to rescue two people trapped inside while the aircraft dangled in the air.
The accident occurred near Montgomery Village, Maryland, around 5:30 p.m., about 25 miles from Washington D.C., and just a few miles from a small airport. About 90,000 homes and businesses lost power in the area as dozens of emergency personnel descended on the dramatic scene.
Photos show the aircraft enmeshed vertically in the lines and dangling off a transmission tower. It’s unclear how much damage the accident caused, but some estimates say the plane was trapped more than 100 feet off the ground.
No injuries were reported, and rescue crews said they were in contact with the pilot and passenger in the plane. Maryland County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said crews were working to ground the high-voltage power lines and secure the plane before they could attempt any rescue effort.
“We are awaiting clearance to the scene before crews can begin work to stabilize the electric infrastructure and begin restoring service,” Pepco, which operates the lines, wrote on Twitter.
The aircraft, identified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a single-engine plane, was flying to the county airport from White Plains, New York, on Sunday. It’s unclear what caused the accident, although The Washington Post notes it was misty and rainy in the area when it occurred.