Pilot sustains minor injuries in crash at Falmouth airport

The plane appeared to be suspended in the trees after the crash.
The plane appeared to be suspended in the trees after the crash. –Steve Haines for The Boston Globe

A Falmouth man crashed his plane into a tree while trying to land the kit-built aircraft at the Falmouth Airpark today, according to police and the Federal Aviation Administration.

A resident took a picture of the unusual sight. (Steve Haines for The Boston Globe)The Boston Globe

Jeffrey Mandeville approached a landing strip at about 11:15 a.m. and got stuck in the canopy of a tree, said FAA spokesman Jim Peters.

Peters said Mandeville was flying in from Fitchburg, piloting a Murphy Rebel that he owned and had built from a kit.

Police said the pilot got out of the plane and went to Falmouth Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.


The crash was ruled an accident and the probe will be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.

“The engine reportedly quit and [the plane] then went into some trees,’’ Peters said.

Mandeville was the president of Chapter 489 of the Experimental Aircraft Association in 2008 and 2009, according to Dick Knapinski, director of communications for the organization. He said the chapter, which was located on Cape Cod, is no more, since it has not renewed its membership with the organization since 2009.

The Experimental Aircraft Association is national group of aviation enthusiasts who fly, build, and restore recreational aircraft.

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