Plane Crash Near Laurel, Maryland, 2 People Injured

2:09 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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MARYLAND CITY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A small airplane crashed into a home near Laurel, Md. at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, according to a spokesperson with Anne Arundel County Fire. The pilot suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries.


A small plane hit two mobile homes in a trailer park in the unit block of Bruce Street in Maryland City, according to the fire spokesperson. We are told that a mobile home that now has a wing through it was empty at the time.

Witnesses say people heard sputtering in the sky and thought something was wrong. Some came outside to look, and heard a boom, say witnesses.

The plane appeared to be flying low and also struck one of the trees in the area, according to witnesses. 

NTSB says the aircraft was in an easterly direction when it first hit a pine tree about 45 feet above the ground.

After the plane crashed, some witnesses saw the pilot on the ground, bleeding. Authorities say the pilot, a 70-year-old man, was transported from the scene with non-life threatening injuries. The man identified as Ronald H. Dixon of the 12000-block of Millstream Drive in Bowie, Md. has been taken to Shock Trauma.

Anne Arundel County Police say two people were taken to Shock Trauma. Police say that the pilot of the plane was conscious and alert when being transported. The other injured person was also a man. Police added that there were no injuries on the ground.

Firefighters were over the scene by the time the news helicopter arrived over the scene. The plane appears to be nearly cut in half in the side of the home. The helicopter footage also appears to show a broken-off wing into a trailer across the street, and possible landing gear into a third house.

Brockbridge Road at Brockbridge Elementary School is closed to traffic, say police.

The area is not too far from an airport and flight school, but residents say they have not experienced any crashes or problems like this before. Several people were walking outside or were inside their homes at the time of the crash.

The FAA has released a statement, which says that Maryland State Police told the FAA that a Beechcraft BE 23 crashed in Laurel, Md. at about 10 am. Thursday after it left Suburban Airpark, Md.

FAA authorities say aviation safety inspectors are going to the scene to investigate and the NTSB will determine probable cause. 

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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