Ridgefield firefighters first at Danbury plane crash scene Thursday

Ridgefield firefighter-medics were the first on the scene of a plane crash in Danbury Thursday evening, when they heard the call on their way back from the hospital.

Ridgefield Fire Chief Kevin Tappe said, “Our dispatcher, John Rosa, heard on the scanner that there was a plane down in the area and called our ambulance on the radio.

“They looked and immediately found the plane in the swampy area just off of Miry Brook Road.

“Our ambulance was first on the scene, before Danbury FD units.

“Firefighter/EMT Bruce Taylor and Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Short were the crew. They called to the pilot and found that he was not injured.  Our personnel cut the lock on a gate to allow access to the area and then briefed Danbury units when they arrived.”

According to news reports, the plane had engine trouble and came down not far from the Danbury Airport.

Plane crashes aren’t unheard of in that area of both Danbury and Ridgefield. In October 2011, a small plane flown by a Ridgefielder on a recreational flight crash landed into a Ridgefielder’s front yard.

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  • flake

    There have been many more crashes than mentioned in that area. From 1999-2007, there was at least one a year.

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