Small plane crashes into the Connecticut River between Haverhill and Bradford

HAVERHILL, NH - A small experimental amphibious aircraft was attempting to land on the Connecticut River in Haverhill over the noon hour Sunday when it crashed into the river, injuring both the pilot and the sole passenger who was onboard at the time, New Hampshire State Police reported.

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    One of the pair of occupants of the plane sustained serious injuries in the mishap and ended up being airlifted from the shore by the DHART medical helicopter to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where police said that person now in stable condition.  The other occupant, who was not as seriously hurt, was transported by ground ambulance to Cottage Hospital in Woodsville.

    A similar plane was flying in the area on Sunday, as was a tour helicopter operating out of the Haverhill Fair, and the pilots of both of those aircraft ended up assisting the New Hampshire Marine Patrol at the scene, along with members of the Vermont State Police and the Newbury Volunteer Fire Department.

    The crash remains under investigation by the New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Marine Patrol as well as the Federal Aviation Administration.  Anyone with information on the incident is being encouraged to contact Trooper Alex Peplinski at (603) 227-0076 or

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