Couple Dead After Small Plane Crash In Woburn

Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

A married couple died after their small, two-seater plane crashed in a wooded area in a residential neighborhood in Woburn on Saturday morning, authorities said.

The two were identified as 65-year-old Dr. Michael Graver and 52-year-old Jodi Cohen, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

The single-engine Columbia Aircraft LC41 crashed at around 11 a.m., four miles from Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, where it was approaching. The plane had departed from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York, around 9:30 a.m., The Associated Press reported.

Graver was a "very experienced pilot" and co-owned the 2016 plane, Ryan said.

Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin said it was a miracle the plane did not hit the residential area, nor anyone on the ground.

Donna Landino, who lives across the street from where the crash happened, was cleaning her house when she "heard a huge bang." She thought a car had crashed into her house.

"I came out, and there was a plane in between two houses with an explosion," Landino said.

"There was some fire," Landino added, which made her nervous, especially after the gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley on Thursday.

Woburn and State Police, as well as FAA officials and the National Transportation Safety Board, are investigating the crash.

This article was originally published on September 15, 2018.


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