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Connecticut man named as victim of Winchester, NH, plane crash

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent

July 14. 2017 3:15PM


WINCHESTER – A Connecticut man has been identified as the pilot killed in a crash in a wooded area of town Thursday morning.

John Everson, 65, of Danielson, Conn., was the plane’s pilot, according to Winchester police.

An official cause of death has yet to be determined. The New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office is scheduled to perform an autopsy of the body Saturday. However, according to Winchester police and fire personnel it appears Everson died from trauma caused in the crash.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane was an Extra 300 registered to Everson, but with a Rhode Island address.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters said Friday that the investigation is now in the hands of the National Transportation Safety Board, which would likely issue a report in the next month or so with any findings.

Winchester police and fire personnel responded to dozens of reports of a small plane going down in a wooded area of town around 11:26 a.m. on Thursday.

State Homeland Security and Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center at 1:30 p.m. to coordinate resources and the various local, state and federal safety entities involved in the search and rescue effort.

Fish and Game was called in, along with a helicopter from state police. The helicopter turned back due to inclement weather.

Drones from the Keene and Walpole fire departments were brought in for the search.

Winchester search and rescue crews were joined by crews from Cheshire County, Hinsdale, Keene, Richmond, Swanzey, Troy and Walpole agencies. Assistance was also provided from Northfield and Warwick, Massachusetts.

Then finally a line search with ATVs was started and soon after, around 5 p.m., the plane was found.

FAA and NSBT officials continued the investigation of the crash scene in Winchester on Friday.


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