Small Plane Crashes in Westwood, Mass. Neighborhood

The pilot and passenger treated for serious injuries

A small plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Westwood, Massachusetts, injuring the pilot and his passenger.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper PA-24 crashed at about 3:15 p.m. in a wooded area off Peartree Drive.

The plane was headed to Norwood Memorial Airport when it went down.

A woman attending a birthday party nearby said she saw the plane just before it crashed.

"I looked up and I saw the plane over the top of the house and it just looked like it wasn't flying well," said Deb Murphy of Norwood. "It looked kind of wobbly and it looked like it wasn't turning very well. A few seconds later, we heard the crash."

Authorities said the pilot and his passenger had to be extricated from the wreckage by area firefighters.

The pilot, a 65-year-old man from Newton, Massachusetts, was flown by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center. His passenger, a 77-year-old man from Norwood, Massachusetts, was first transported to Norwood Hospital, then flown by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center. Both were being treated for serious injuries. 

The exact cause of the crash is under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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