A flight incident occurred on the evening of Friday, October 21, 2022, and will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Keene, New Hampshire, October 22, 2022:
On Friday, October 21, 2022, at 6:48 P.M., The Keene Fire Department received a call to respond to an incident involving an airplane at 661 Main Street (located south of the Route 101 intersection). A fire erupted after an aircraft collided with a multifamily residential building, specifically in the attached garage area. The fire was escalated to “3rd alarm” status, prompting the arrival of neighboring fire departments. Finally, at 8:47 P.M., The fire was officially extinguished.
The construction of the edifice, and it will stay unoccupied until it can be additionally evaluated, endured substantial harm to approximately 20% of the backside of the structure, and every one of the residences was occupied at the moment of the incident, but all were forced to leave their dwellings due to the magnitude of the destruction, and no tenants were harmed. Eight grown-ups dwell in the four flats within the building.
The City extends its condolences to the individuals who tragically lost their lives in this accident, as well as to their bereaved families and loved ones. On Friday evening, the Keene Police Department personally informed the families about the unfortunate demise of the two passengers involved in the plane crash.
Further information regarding the accident will be made public when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the lead agency conducting the investigation, releases it. At this point, the process is still in its early stages. The accident occurred shortly before the single-engine aircraft, owned by Monadnock Aviation, departed from Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene, New Hampshire, on runway 02 (northbound). The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is part of the Department of Transportation (DOT), are on-site at the accident site.
The timely and effective response efforts of all emergency personnel who acted to extinguish the fire and assist those impacted are highly valued.
Contact: Elizabeth Dragon, the City Manager of Keene, can be reached at (603) 357-9804 or via email at edragon@keenenh.Gov.
The City of Keene has planned a press conference for 10:30 AM this morning to provide an update on the airplane accident that occurred last evening at Keene Airport on Airport Road in Swanzey, NH. The Mayor, along with the Chief Fire and Director of the Airport, will be present to answer questions and provide a timely update.