An incident involving an incoming small private aircraft at MVY Airport has led to the hospitalization of one person.
Officials say at 3:12 pm Saturday afternoon, a Piper Meridian Turboprop six-seat plane reportedly crashed at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.
According to local police, a 68-year-old female passenger took control of the plane after the craft’s 80-year-old pilot began experiencing a medical emergency.
The woman was able to land the plane without engaging its landing gear. Although the aircraft’s left wing snapped in half upon impact, the woman sustained only minor injuries.
The pilot was transferred to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital from the airport, and then to Boston for additional treatment.
The airport’s primary commercial runway had been shut down, but reopened by 5:30 pm.
The situation is under investigation by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and Massachusetts State Police.
Officials say the plane, which is registered in Connecticut to Access Yacht Sales, LLC, was traveling from a Westchester, N.Y., airport Saturday. The pilot and the passenger who landed the plane were the only people in the craft at the time.
Although owners of the company are listed as Randolph Martin Bonnist and Robin Bonnist, as of Monday, the identities of the pilot and his passenger have not been confirmed.
The FAA lists Randolph Bonnist as a certified pilot from Norwalk, Conn. He was issued a certificate for a single-engine and multiple-engine plane in 2007.