- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2001

Two small planes made separate emergency landings in Prince George's County, Md. yesterday within hours of each other, and the passengers in each incident suffered only minor injuries.
After starting to take off from Potomac Air Field a little after 11 a.m., a double-engine Stinson 108 suffered a stalled engine and crashed in a wooden area in Fort Washington, only a quarter-mile from a residential area. After the engine failure, the pilot guided the small plane to a landing amidst treetops and the plane landed in a creek bed, said Cpl. Rob Moroney, a Maryland State Police spokesman.
The 45-year-old pilot, Alan Louis Williams of Alexandria, was flying with his 12-year-old son, Joseph. Mr. Williams suffered bruises and lacerations to his hands and face and Joseph sustained a broken nose and bruises. They were both flown by helicopter to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where they were listed in fair condition.
"In cases of possible trauma, it's better to err on the side of caution and fly them out by helicopter," Cpl. Moroney said.
Both were held overnight at the hospital and declined comment.
A little after 1 p.m., a single-engine Cessna 150K made an emergency landing in Bowie, at a construction site 100 feet north of Route 50 and across the street from a U.S. Census Bureau office. The pilot, Roman Alexander Skarbek of Hanover, Md., suffered only minor abrasions to his left leg and refused medical attention.
After taking off a little after noon from Martin's State Airport in Middle River, Md., Mr. Skarbek noticed a loss of engine-oil pressure over Crownsville. Unable to make it to his destination of Freeway Airport in Bowie, he attempted an emergency landing at the construction site, according to a Maryland State Police press release.
Both incidents are currently under investigation by the Maryland State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration.


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