Update on Plane Crash in Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village That Has Left 85,000 Residents Without Power

by Patrick Herron

There are widespread power outages in Montgomery County after a small plane crashed into a power tower/transmission lines in the area of Rothbury Dr & Goshen Road in Montgomery Village. The incident occurred around 5:30pm on Sunday night.  According to the latest information from Montgomery County Fire & Rescue, there appears to be two individuals inside the plane, which is currently suspended about 100ft.  As of right now there are no injuries reported.  Fire and rescue crews are working to rescue the occupants of the plane, but at this time the power lines surrounding the plane are still energized.

According to Pepco, close to 85,000 residents are currently without power. Pepco tweeted the following at 7pm:
“We have confirmed that a private plane came into contact with Pepco’s transmission lines in Montgomery County, resulting in an outage to approximately 85,000 customers. We are assessing damage and working closely with Montgomery County fire and emergency services. We are awaiting clearance to the scene before crews can begin work to stabilize the electric infrastructure and begin restoring service. If you are experiencing an outage, please report it at pepco.com/outage, or our mobile app, or by texting OUT to 48710.”



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