Frank Schmidt, flight instructor at Davis Airport in Laytonsville, Md., identified as man killed in Monday's crash of small plane

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Photo Gallery: PHOTOS: 1 Dead, 1 Injured In Small Plane Crash

Video: 1 dead, 1 injured in crash of small plane

  • Frank Schmidt, flight instructor at Davis Airport, was killed in Laytonsville crash.
  • The plane that crashed on Monday in Laytonsville is similar to this one, a Beechcraft A 23.

LAYTONSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) - A longtime flight instructor who had logged more than 18,000 hours of flight at Davis Airport has been identified as the man killed in a small plane crash that also injured the pilot in Laytonsville near that airport on Monday evening.

Frank Schmidt, who had been a flight instructor at Davis Airport, was killed when the plane crashed just before 7:30 Monday night.

The plane crashed into a thickly wooded area beyond the airport's runway. A witness told 9News Now that the plane appeared not to have enough power to clear the trees, and stalled, then spun to the ground. The crash blew out the windshield, according to the witness, who said the wings were mangled, the tail severely damaged, and the engine was falling out of the plane.

Schmidt was killed in the crash. The critically injured pilot was flown to a trauma unit for treatment.

The plane, identified as a 1964 Beechcraft A23 Musketeer II, is a fixed wing single engine aircraft. It was listed for sale on a website called, and had recently been inspected.

The plane was described by the unnamed seller as being in "good condition, needs paint," with a price of $22,500.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.

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