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Update: Power restored “individuals who were stranded in the airplane” rescued, “Pepco Statement Regarding Power Outage In Montgomery County, Maryland”

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Harrison writes: “Two people are reportedly trapped inside this small aircraft that has crashed into power lines near Goshen Road and Rothbury Drive in Montgomery Village near Gaithersburg. Rescue is still in progress over two hours after the plane crashed.”

Update from Pepco:

“Pepco is pleased to have successfully assisted Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services and other local emergency personnel with the effort to rescue the individuals who were stranded in the airplane in Montgomery County. As of 11:58 p.m., Pepco also has restored electric service for all customers impacted by incident.

The company is updating its online outage map to reflect the latest system status. Pepco continues its efforts working with local emergency services personnel at the site. The company will further stabilize the energy infrastructure at the scene and perform a full assessment of damage before planning and beginning repairs. It is too early to determine how long that assessment and repair process will take.

Due to the redundancy that Pepco builds into the local energy grid, the company was able to identify a path to restore service for all customers even while the electric lines impacted by this incident were deenergized.”

Update from WMATA: “Red Line Delay: Expect delays in both directions due to a power problem at Shady Grove.”

Photo by Harrison Jones

From Pepco:

“Pepco has confirmed that a private plane came into contact with the company’s aerial transmission lines near the intersection of Goshen Road and Rothbury Drive in Montgomery County, Maryland resulting in an outage to approximately 85,000 customers across the county.

via Pepco

The company is assessing damage and contingency opportunities to restore service to impacted customers. Pepco is working closely with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services and is awaiting clearance to the scene before crews can begin work to stabilize the electric infrastructure and begin restoring service.”

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