Responding to the East Haven (CT) Plane Crash

01/24/2014
BY P.J. NORWOOD At 1122 hours on August 9, 2013, the station alert tone broke and the dispatcher's voice crackled: "Structure assignment ... Charter Oak Avenue plane crash ... into a house." This was not what we expected or hoped to hear. "911 East Haven, this is the tower at Tweed. We just had a plane on final approach to Runway 20 fall out of the sky and crash. We are not sure of the exact location." The 911 screen immediately lit up with multiple calls, all coming from a concentrated area; all were reporting a plane into a house. One caller reported children trapped in a rear bedroom. INITIAL RESPONSE The East Haven (CT) Fire Department (EHFD) dispatched a full assi...

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