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22 April 2024

Man dead, son injured after small plane crashes


Police say the crash of a small plane in Connecticut has killed a man and injured his son.

The crash happened Monday evening on a road next to Meriden-Markham Airport, in Wallingford near the Meriden border.

Police say 56-year-old Cheshire resident Joseph Tomanelli was killed and 21-year-old David Tomanelli has been hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The son was found conscious and alert near the plane's wreckage.

Meriden's Record-Journal newspaper says emergency dispatchers received several reports of thick black smoke spewing from where the plane crashed.

Area resident Joy Heavens says she was surprised by a loud noise. She says she heard something that "sounded like a big boom."

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.