A Cape Air flight from Boston to Provincetown crashed while attempting to land Thursday, injuring everyone onboard.
Cape Air Crash In Provincetown During Bad Weather, Injuring Seven
Cape Air flight 2072 (also marketed as Cape Air 345) from Boston Logan Airport (BOS) was carrying six passengers and one pilot. The flight, operated by a twin-engine Cessna 402, tail number N88833, attempted to land at Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC) around 3:30pm local time on Thursday, despite stormy weather.
The aircraft missed the airport runway and flew into nearby woods just past the runway. Josh Wurster, who was biking nearby when the crash occurred, said:
“The plane came down nose-first into the woods. It wasn’t even close to the airport or the runway. It was outside of the fenced-in area of the airport grounds, so right alongside the bike path…There were trees down everywhere.”
The crash caused the plane to burst into flames. Fire personnel arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, extinguished the flames, and ensured that all six passengers and the pilot were pulled to safety. Everyone survived and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. Those onboard suffered broken bones and severe burns according to Provincetown Town Manager Alex Morse. The Fire Chief noted:
“They were extremely lucky to walk away from this.”
Provincetown firefighters say some of those on board Cape Air Flight 2072 suffered broken bones, burns from flames that ignited after crash. FAA/NTSB now leading the investigation #Boston25 AT 10/11 pic.twitter.com/ri9K1j4g5v
— Drew Karedes (@DrewKaredes) September 10, 2021
Autumn Kerr, a passenger on the flight, told WCVB:
“I’m still scared and still really shocked, just in shock. I’ve got a lot of burns on legs and hands are all burned. We were obviously not going to land and picked back up. All of a sudden, we just hit the ground in the trees and burst into flames in the front, and then the right side bursts in the flames.
“My seatbelt would not let me out, so I removed the seat and turned around and used it like a shield from the flames.”
The pilot helped her break loose and pulled her out of the aircraft.
This crash easily could have ended much worse. From other passenger accounts, it appears there was no turbulence during the flight, but a windshear downdraft event (essentially pushing the aircraft downward) during the go-around attempt prompted the crash.
Even with burns and broken bones, it appears that everyone onboard will survive. The aircraft, sadly, will not.