Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police have released a final report on the discovery of a small plane crash that claimed the life of a Massachusetts man on his way to Middlebury. On Wednesday (11/22/17), at approximately 1700 hrs, Pittsford Police Department and the Vermont State Police responded to reported aircraft incident in the area of Sugar Hollow Road in the town of Pittsford.
A caller contacted 911 and stated a small aircraft was flying low over the area and as it continued out of sight, they heard a loud noise. The caller was fearful the plane had crashed and added that they only heard a noise and did not see the plane crash nor did they see any wreckage.
With the assistance of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), Vermont Civil Air Patrol and the Rutland Regional Airport, it was determined there were no unaccounted aircraft in the area, or any aircraft broadcasting a distress signal. Officers canvassed the area but no new information was learned and no other calls were received. Vermont Civil Air Patrol also responded to search from the air but nothing was located.
On 11-22-17, at approximately 2230 hrs, Massachusetts State Police reported an aircraft had left Pittsfield, MA and was in route to Middlebury, VT and it did not arrive. Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team coordinated a search with assistance of firefighters from the Pittsford, Brandon, and Chittenden Fire Departments. Nothing was found as a result of that search which focused around the area of Sugar Hollow Road in Pittsford and lasted all night.
The following morning, a Vermont Army National Guard helicopter responded to search the area along with several planes from the Vermont Civil Air Patrol but they were again unable to locate any crash sites.
On 11-23-17, at approximately 1126 hrs, a plane crash site was reported by a landowner who was walking his property after learning of the missing plane. Units responded to a wooded area in the vicinity of US Rt. 7 in the town of Pittsford near Whistlestop Lane. The plane missing from Massachusetts, which was confirmed by the tail number, was located with heavy damage. The pilot was located deceased near the plane and has been identified as Norman L. Baker of Windsor Massachusetts. Mr. Baker is 89 years old and has been flying airplanes his entire life. He has done the trip from Pittsfield, MA to Middlebury, VT approximately 20 times. The plane he was flying was a 1966 Cessna which can carry up to four passengers. It is unknown at this time why Mr. Baker crashed. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) is sending an investigator to assist in examining the crash wreckage. Mr. Baker will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. No further information is available at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
Source: VSP 11.23.2017