Plane wreckage removed from Danbury family’s yard as crash investigation moves forward

Three days after a small, single-engine plane crashed in a residential neighborhood in Danbury, crews removed the wreckage from Marisol Acevedo’s yard.

Marissa Alter

Apr 13, 2023, 10:21 PM

Updated 372 days ago

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Three days after a small, single-engine plane crashed in a residential neighborhood in Danbury, crews removed the wreckage from Marisol Acevedo’s yard. It was a step forward as the National Transportation Safety Board, along with the Federal Aviation Administration, investigate what happened.
Rubberneckers have been stopping by Acevedo’s home on Southern Boulevard ever since Monday when a local flight school’s plane went down just before 6 p.m.
“Thunder rolled through the house. That’s what it sounded like,” Acevedo told News 12. “My mom thought it was an earthquake. My husband thought a tree had fallen on the garage.”
Two people were on board at the time, a student pilot and her instructor from Darcy Aviation. They'd been cleared to land or do a “touch-and-go” at Danbury Municipal Airport, according to Airport Administrator Michael Safranek. But a couple miles from the runway, something went wrong.
“It clipped the corner of the house, and it looked like it spun it 90 degrees when it hit the house, and it came down right on top of the shed,” Safranek explained. He said the tower never got a radio transmission from the plane that there was trouble.
Both people somehow managed to escape the crash with just some cuts. Acevedo said her husband helped the instructor and his student out while she grabbed towels to try and stop the bleeding before paramedics arrived. Both went to the hospital for minor injuries and were treated and released that night, according to Safranek.
“I’ve been to three or four fatals, and that's what a fatal looks like,” he said pointing to the mangled plane. “It really is astounding they walked away with minor scrapes.”
On Thursday, federal investigators signed off on moving the plane to a salvage yard for further inspection, Safranek said. “They're at that stage in the investigation where they have everything they need to from the scene and now they’ll bring it in and really investigate it. These are the really smart people. They can pull a plane apart and tell you exactly what happened and what's wrong with it.”
A crew from a New Bedford-based company arrived in the afternoon with tools to cut the plane into smaller pieces and transport them on a flatbed truck.
“Thank goodness,” Acevedo told News 12 about the removal. “We have a long road ahead of us, months of repairs so the quicker this gets out of there, the quicker this can start.”
She said the roof has substantial damage, and the shed will need to be rebuilt, but she knows it could’ve been far worse.
“We're usually outside on the deck or in the pool in the summer,” Acevedo said. “Planes are constantly going. This is their highway to get to the airport down the road.”
Acevedo and her husband have lived there for 30 years and before this week, didn’t keep a real close eye on the sky.
“Never thought anything of it. Now you hear them, and it's like, ‘Where's that one going?’ she explained, looking up. “I’ve had enough excitement to last me a lifetime.”
News 12 reached out to Darcy Aviation for a comment on the crash but did not hear back.


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