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Two California men crash airplane, minor injuries

On Saturday, Sept. 21, at 9:33 a.m., Vermont State Police dispatch received a call of a downed aircraft on Route 140 in Middletown Springs, Vt.  Middletown Fire Department, rescue personnel and troopers responded to the scene. Several minutes later, dispatch received a second call advising there were two occupants and injuries were minor and non-life threatening.

The pilot, later identified as Richard Piccirilli age 65 from Sun City, CA, suffered several small lacerations and a possible broken wrist. The passenger, David Querry age 53 from Hemet, CA, sustained a larger laceration to his nose.

Both initially denied medical attention.

The plane, a small single-engine Cesna was found to be fully intacted with significant impact damage to the front nose portion and landing gear.

Both occupants advised they left a small grass airstrip near Burlington and planned on flying to Glen Falls airport. Upon arriving in Glen Falls, Piccirilli discovered the airport's runway appeared to be occupied by air balloons and possibly a car show. There is a bike and balloon fest scheduled for 10 a.m. that day. So they headed toward Rutland airport to refuel, but fell short over the Middletown Springs area.

The FAA will conduct a follow-up investigation beginning Monday.