Great Barrington plane involved in Salisbury, Conn., crash was being used for a flying lesson

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SALISBURY, Conn. — An afternoon flying lesson turned dangerous on Sunday, but nobody was seriously injured.

A yellow 1946 Piper J-3 Cub crashed into South Pond Road in Salisbury, Conn., at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The plane was being used in a lesson and had been in the air for some time. The craft took off from the Walter J. Koladza Airport in Great Barrington, where it was hangared.

It was unclear who was flying the plane when the engine failed, though the instructor was in control during the emergency landing.

"They walked away from the crash," said a woman who lives near the crash site and gave her name as "Dale."

South Pond Road is a spur off of Mount Riga Road in Salisbury.

The crash took place near Mount Riga State Park.

The plane was damaged beyond repair.

"I heard a plane engine, then no engine, then what sounded like earth moving equipment taking down trees," said Dale.

The plane's owner, Richard Solan, was not in the plane when it crashed. Solan is a co-owner of the Great Barrington airport.

On Monday, a work crew from the Haupt Tree Co. of Sheffield was on site removing the plane from the top of a cherry tree. Solan, Connecticut state police and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration were also on hand. None of them were available for comment.

Reach staff reporter Eoin Higgins at 413-464-4872 or @EoinHiggins


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