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Two people rescued after plane lands in Quinnipiac River

There were two passengers and a dog on board that made it to shore safely police said.

CONNECTICUT, USA — A  Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine 6-passenger plane landed in the Quinnipiac river when it was headed toward New Bedford Mass. on Thursday at around 5:30 p.m. the New Haven Police Department said. 

A young married couple and a dog were rescued and made it to shore safely with no injuries. They were picked up on a boat that brought them to shore said Mayor Elicker.

The plane landed near the Grand Avenue Bridge. More than 45 minutes later and the top of the place could still be seen above water. 

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The cause of the crash is unclear and the two individuals were receiving medical attention said the New Haven Police Department Public Information Officer Scott Shumway. 

According to Elicker, officials have environmental concerns. 

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Officials would like to ensure there is no fuel or oil leaking into the waterway, said Rick Fontana from New Haven emergency management. 

"The craft is intact, and is currently positioned on protected oyster beds. Its exact location has been recorded, and floating bags will be applied so that it can be moved from the oyster beds and towed to a nearby dock, where the FAA and NTSB can conduct their investigation of the craft," said the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

About 55 gallons of fuel are estimated to be on board the craft. A small amount leaked out from a breather vent, but the environmental impact is said to be minimal. Sorbent booms are in place and ready to be deployed.

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