Two men killed in plane crash at Taunton airport
TAUNTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Two men died Sunday morning in a small plane crash on the runway at Taunton Municipal Airport.
The investigators say there wasn’t a black box was on board the plane so there was no recording of the pilot. Conditions were good at the airport Sunday morning. Sources say that the pilot was new to this particular plane.
“I couldn't believe it. I was shocked,” said Philip Lavigne whose friend died in the crash.
Lavigne wanted to see the wreckage for himself. His friend was one of two men on board the single engine plane when it crashed at Taunton Municipal Airport around 6:30 Sunday morning.
“I want to see if I could see what happened. We just want to know,” Lavigne said.
“There was one witness. They did not report engine sputtering. They reported that the aircraft was taking off and shortly after made a right turn and descended into the ground,” said Luke Schiada of NTSB.
Investigator from the NTSB say the plane burst into flames after impact. The pilot and passenger, both men in their 60's, were trapped inside. The plane was an antique built in 1946.
“His wife just gave him this plane three weeks ago for his birthday,” said Lavigne.
“The owner had recently purchased the aircraft in the past few weeks and was flying with a friend who is a pilot and was taking off when the accident occurred,” Schiada said.
The plane is still at the Taunton airport as the investigation continues. The district attorney’s office has tentatively identified the two men who were on board; the pilot, John Schmouth of Brockton, and passenger Roland Deselauriers of Bridgewater.