News Plane Crashes Update News — 25 April 2017

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the Wallingford plane crash that killed a doctor and injured his son in April.

The report reveals that 56-year-old Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, of Cheshire, was killed after his Piper PA-28180 crashed near the Meriden Markham Airport on April 24th. His 21-year-old son Daniel Tomanelli survived but was taken to Yale- New Haven Hospital with serious injuries.

The report states that Tomanelli had been flying out of the Meriden Markham Airport for several years and that he had purchased the airplane involved in the crash just three weeks prior to the accident. Tomanelli is said to have decided to increase his proficiency in preparation of a North Carolina trip.

The report also revealed that Tomanelli held a private pilot certificate with rating for airplane single-engine plane and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on February 1st of this year and by that date, he had accrued about 1,200 total hours of flight expedience.

The plane that was destroyed in the crash was manufactured in 2005 and had its most recent annual inspection on March 13th. At that time, the plane had accrued about 1,229 hours of operation.

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A Cheshire man was killed and his son injured when their small airplane crashed on Hanover Street adjacent to Meriden-Markham Airport Monday night, authorities said.

Joseph T. Tomanelli, 56, died in the crash and his son Daniel, 21, was injured and hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries, Wallingford Police Deputy Chief Marc Mikulski said. Tomanelli is a physician with an office in Wallingford.

A Federal Aviation Administration official said Monday night that the aircraft that crashed was a single-engine Cirrus SR22. FAA spokesman Jim Peters said the aircraft was doing practice takeoffs and landings when the crash occurred about 6:30 p.m.

The aircraft appeared to be attempting to land when it crashed through a chain link fence, crossed Hanover Street and struck a berm, bursting into flames, police said.

Daniel Tomanelli was found yards from the wreckage, Mikulski said. It was unclear whether he crawled out, was helped from the plane or was thrown.

Hanover Street in Wallingford and Evansville Avenue in Meriden were closed as authorities investigated, Mikulski said.

Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati said Meriden fire and police crews were assisting Wallingford police and firefighters.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the crash, Jim Peters of the FAA said.

Jennifer Hall of Meriden, who lives near the airport, said she was at her son’s baseball game when she saw a column of black smoke rising into the sky. She feared that her father’s diesel shop, which is near where the smoke was rising, was on fire.

She rushed over, but found no problem. She then figured the smoke was from a plane crash.

“You know, in South Meriden, when a cop is doing 90 down Main Street, something’s bad,” Hall said.

She recalled another crash at the airport in the 1990s. In July 1994, two people were killed when their plane crashed in a field in Wallingford shortly after taking off from Meriden-Markham Airport.

The plane crash is the fifth in the state in the past year and the second in a week.

On April 18 in East Windsor, two people were killed when the Luscombe 8A they were in crashed soon after taking off from Skylark Airport.

On Feb. 22 in East Haven, a Piper PA-38 crashed during a training flight, killing one man and seriously injuring another. It was the second crash in five months for the flight school, International Aviation LLC.

On Oct. 11 in East Hartford, a Piper PA-34 Seneca owned by the flight school crashed on Main Street in front of military jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, killing one man and seriously injuring another.

And on May 11 in East Granby, a 1947 Piper PA-12 crashed near Simsbury Airport as it prepared to land. Neither the father nor his son in the plane was injured.

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