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