The pilot of a small aircraft was killed and his female passenger was seriously injured when a plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the Provincetown Municipal Airport Wednesday night, officials said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the fatal crash, along with the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission.
State Police identified the pilot as Stanley J. Wisniewski, 48, of Falmouth. According to Federal Aviation Administration records, Wisniewski was the registered owner of the Piper 28A-181 aircraft. The passenger was identified as Tamar Levy, 47, also of Falmouth.
Levy was extricated from the crashed aircraft by Provincetown rescue personnel and then airlifted by a Coast Guard helicopter crew back to the airport, where she was loaded onto a Medflight helicopter.
The Coast Guard released a video of the rescue.
Levy was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston with what State Police said were non-life-threatening injuries.
According to State Police and the FAA, the plane took off, banked left, then crashed around 11:20 p.m. in a wooded area about 500 yards from the runway.