- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2021

LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) - Three people were injured when a single-engine plane crashed in central Massachusetts, police said.

The plane went down in Leicester at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Facebook post from local police.

Although a significant distance from the nearest road, the crash site was quickly identified and with the help of good Samaritans on snowmobiles, rescuers brought two of the plane’s occupants to waiting ambulances, police said.

The third occupant was carried from the crash site in a basket.

The rescue was made more difficult by the deep snow.

All three were brought to the hospital but their injuries are not considered life threatening.

No names were released.

A small dog on the plane did not appear to be hurt and was turned over to animal control, police said.

The plane took off from Martha’s Vineyard Airport, Operation Supervisor Eric Hatt told the Cape Cod Times. It was en route to Worcester Regional Airport, about three miles from the crash site.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, police said.

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