A couple from Vermont escaped injury after their small float plane crashed into the side of the Bigelow Mountain Range Thursday morning, just north of Carrabassett Valley.

The float plane was owned and piloted from Frank Gibney of Colchester, Vermont. His passenger was Diane Muhr, also from the same town, according to police. 

Gibney, who is in his mid-60s, told troopers he was flying alongside another plane, which was piloted by a friend, when he lost visibility because of weather, and his float plane crashed into trees.

After the crash, they hiked up the mountain about a ½-mile and then walked out of the woods along the Appalachian Trail. A team of games wardens, forest rangers and state troopers responded to the crash site, located in Wyman Township.

The friend notified the Maine Warden Service office in Greenville. The crash took place about 10:30 am.

The couple was flying into the Greenville Seaplane Fly-In, which attracts hundreds of planes to the area. The crash will be investigated by the FAA, which will send an investigator to the site.

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