MATINICUS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Penobscot Island Air Service plane lost power and crashed into the ocean while taking off from Matinicus Island late Sunday afternoon. The plane went down just a few hundred yards from the end of the small runway on Matinicus, which is about 20 miles out to sea
Penobscot Island Air flies to Matinicus and other islands year-round. Owner Kevin Waters told NEWS CENTER the company carried more than 12,000 passengers last year.
The Matinicus flight had the pilot and three passengers on board a single-engine Cessna 206G.
Waters says when the flight didn't report in on schedule, the company's chief pilot, Roger Wolverton, flew his plane to the scene and found all four people clinging to wreckage a couple hundred yards offshore. Fishermen from the island pulled them out of the water and they were then flown to the mainland to be treated.