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Pilot uninjured when plane flips into swamp

November 09, 2011
WHITEFIELD — Pilot Benjamin "Benji" Blodgett, 36, of North Stratford walked away uninjured after he lost control of his single-engine four-seat fixed-wing airplane shortly after 11 a.m. under sunny bright skies on Saturday and landed upside down in a swampy area alongside the 4,001-foot-long runway at the Mt. Washington Regional Airport.

Blodgett was recently certified for solo training and was doing touch-and-go practice takeoffs and landings when the plane apparently was caught in crosswinds, according to a police officer on site.

Dodge Construction of Littleton pulled the plane — a white 1948 Stinson Voyager with the numbers N6263M painted in maroon on its side — from the wetland. Federal officials were expected to examine the plane this week at an airport hanger.

The Whitefield Fire Department was able to contain a minimal fuel spill said Fire Department Chief James "Jay" Watkins in a Saturday afternoon telephone interview.

State Police trooper Jonathan H. Stephens of Troop F responded to the accident, as did Trooper Rick Brown of the Carroll Police Department. The Whitefield Police were tied up handling a domestic dispute.

The Whitefield Ambulance, as well as both Whitefield Rescue 1 and Engine 1, responded.

Airport manager Ed Stevens of Dalton was also on the scene.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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