Coast Guard rescue crew hoists airplane crash victim

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — A Coast Guard helicopter crew witnessed a small-aircraft crash and later hoisted a survivor in Provincetown, Mass., Wednesday night.

While on a law enforcement patrol, the crew of an Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter witnessed the crash occur in a wooded area near the Provincetown airport.

The helicopter landed and a crewmember walked to the site of the crash with a fire extinguisher to assist local responders. Two people were aboard the aircraft at the time of the crash.

A man was pronounced dead on the scene and a woman, suffering from severe injuries and burns, was hoisted out of the area by the Coast Guard helicopter and flown back to the Provincetown airport where they were met by a waiting emergency helicopter.

The survivor was then transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“When we witnessed the crash, it turned into a forest fire with a plume of smoke,” said Lt. Mike Feltovic, a pilot with Air Station Cape Cod. “Paramedics assesed her and thought if they moved her she might die, so the decision was made to hoist her.”

Coast Guard helicopters regularly patrol the New England coastline in an effort to maintain a constant security presence and divert as needed to assist in rescue missions.

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