A small airplane crashed Tuesday around 5 p.m. in the town of Leicester just short of the Worcester Regional Airport. Three people with non-life-threatening injuries were extricated from the downed aircraft and transported to hospitals.

In the pitch dark, local snowmobilers helped shuttle personnel and equipment to the crash site in the area of Moose Hill Road. Rescue crews from Leicester and Spencer responded to the scene along with Massachusetts State Police and Environmental Police.

Flight records showed the Piper PA-46 had departed Martha’s Vineyard Airport 45 minutes later, according to a local report. The FAA and the NSTB are investigating.

Leicester Animal Control was caring for a small dog on board the plane. They said the dog appeared to be uninjured.

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