By Diana Bowley, Of the NEWS Staff - DEXTER - Salvage operations were under way Wednesday at the site of Monday's plane crash at the Dexter Municipal Airport.
Efforts are being made to salvage the plane, which was substantially damaged. Employees of Telford Aviation of Bangor and Frank Woodworth Inc., a Pittsfield construction firm, were on site Wednesday preparing the jet for transport to Bangor, according to Sgt. Jim Emerson of the Dexter Police Department.
Also on site for the second consecutive day were representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board, who are investigating the crash that caused injuries to the pilot and his three passengers. A bichon frise dog was killed in the crash.
Pilot Douglas Schumann, 58, of Southington, Conn., on Monday crash-landed his new Cessna Citation C525 jet about 100 feet from the end of the runway at this unattended airport.
Schumann reportedly told local authorities that he tried to lift off again when he realized he didn't have room to land safely after he had touched down near the end of the paved 3,000-foot runway.
The pilot said he didn't have enough speed to get back into the air and crashed the plane into the side of a berm.
Neighbors of the airport on the Garland Road reported hearing very loud revving of engines at the time of the accident.
Schumann, owner of PQ Controls in Dover-Foxcroft and Bristol, Conn.; his brother, William Schumann, 62, of Southington, Conn.; and Anke Stimpson, 53, of Naples, Fla., were taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center. The pilot later was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he was reported in good condition Wednesday.
An EMMC spokesman said Wednesday that William Schumann was discharged from the hospital and that Stimpson was in good condition.
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