Area Fire Units Respond Sunday to Airport Crash
LIMERICK PA – Firefighters from across western Montgomery and northern Chester counties responded Sunday (Independence Day, July 4, 2021) at 12:52 p.m. to the report of a plane crash and subsequent fire (at top) in the left runway at Heritage Field Airport, 3310 W. Ridge Pike. The pilot and reportedly sole occupant of the plane was said to have escaped “largely unscathed” from the wreckage before the aircraft burst into flames.
An update on the pilot’s condition was not immediately available.
Limerick Fire Department, on its website, said its crews upon arrival “went in service with two attack lines” from its Rescue 51 vehicle, supplied with water from its own tanker as well as that of the Perkiomen Township Fire Company‘s Tanker 66. Limerick’s Field 51 vehicle sprayed flame-smothering foam across the plane (above). North Coventry Fire Company responders also were credited by Limerick for turning out to assist.
When the emergency call came, Perkiomen volunteers and their trucks were just returning to its station after participating in Skippack’s Fourth of July parade. Instead of heading back to their Gravel Pike firehouse, Perkiomen crews went directly to the airfield to assist Limerick. The fire was “quickly contained,” the company said on its Facebook page.
Video of Perkiomen rolling up to the scene as the fire blazed is available on its Facebook page, here.
Limerick Police Department officers, Trappe Fire Company ambulance crew members, and local fire police units were additional responders. Perkiomen volunteer and fire company photographer Ted Hodgins also was on the scene, and produced the photos that accompany this article.
Photos by Ted Hodgins, Perkiomen Twp. Fire Company, used with permission