A small plane crashed into high-voltage power lines about 30 miles north of the US capital, Washington, on Sunday, causing a severe power outage while emergency services worked all night to rescue people on the plane still stuck in the wires. .
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department, Maryland, said the plane crashed around 5:30 pm local time (22:30 GMT) in foggy and wet weather in the village of Montgomery.
The plane became stuck on a power line 100 feet above the ground, and the fall of the plane onto the wires cut power to between 85,000 and 90,000 people, according to the Pipco utility in Washington.
Roads were also closed and many traffic lights in the area were cut off from power, according to Reuters.
For their part, fire officials initially said two people were alive but were trapped inside the plane, although the fire chief later refused to confirm the number of passengers.
Photos and video clips have circulated on social media showing the plane stuck between electrical wires in a foggy atmosphere.