Wreck from Plymouth plane crash expected to be removed Thursday

Published on Wednesday, 6 July 2022 16:21


PLYMOUTH – The plane that crashed near a Boy Scout camp is expected to be removed on Thursday after nearly 60 gallons of fuel were pumped out of it, with more than 20 gallons spilling out after it touched down.

Will Healey, spokesperson for the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said there was expected to be no activity at the wreckage site on Wednesday after the crash a day earlier, around 1 p.m., about a quarter of a mile into the woods of Camp Mattatuck off of Mount Tobe Road.

Authorities have identified the pilot as a Nevada man, who suffered minor injuries and was taken to Waterbury Hospital. The man was headed to Waterbury Airport when he crashed into the woods of Camp Mattatuck.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane, a Cessna 185, is registered to Charles Hutter, of Carson City, Nev.

Healey said the plane had 80 gallons of fuel on board. Somewhere between 20 to 25 gallons spilled out when the vehicle crashed, he said. The rest was contained and pumped out.

Speaking on the fuel leak, Healey said there was “no risk to the camp nearby and no waterways affected.” 

Environmental Services Inc. was contracted to handle clean-up and remediation of the spilled fuel. Crews from this company and representatives of DEEP will be at the site on Thursday to “continue remediation of the spilled fuel,” Healey said. 

At this time, Healey continued, the impact of the fuel spill to the environment is believed to be minimal. 

The wreckage of the plane, which sustained heavy damage, is expected to be removed on Thursday.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Wednesday, 6 July 2022 16:21. Updated: Wednesday, 6 July 2022 16:23.