- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2006

From combined dispatches

A pilot was injured critically yesterday morning when his single-engine plane crashed into a soybean field near a private airport just south of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County authorities said.

The pilot, who is in his 40s, suffered head trauma and was unconscious when emergency officials arrived at the crash site, said Frank Fennell, a spokesman for the county fire department.

The pilot, whose name was not released, was taken to the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

No one else was aboard the plane, and no one on the ground was injured in the crash, which was reported about 9:40 a.m., said Lt. David Waltemeyer, a spokesman for the county police department.

The pilot apparently was trying to land at Lee Airport on Solomons Island Road in Edgewater when it struck some trees, Lt. Waltemeyer said.

The plane crashed a few hundred feet from the end of the runway, Mr. Fennell said.

Lee Airport operator Dan Lee said the four-seat plane had taken off from Ocean City, N.J.

Mr. Lee said the pilot had filed an instrument flight plan but canceled the plan about three miles out because he could see the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the crash.

In an unrelated incident, a pilot and his wife were killed yesterday when their single-engine plane crashed into the back yard of a Virginia Beach home minutes after taking off from Norfolk International Airport, authorities said.

The plane’s door opened sometime after takeoff and the pilot was trying to return to the airport when the crash occurred, said Arlene Murray, a spokeswoman with the FAA.

The victims’ names were not available.

No one on the ground was hurt, and no damage to the house or any other buildings was reported, although the tops of some trees were sheared off, state police spokesman Sgt. D.S. Carr said.

The downed plane was leaking aviation fuel, but there was no fire, and city firefighters monitored the crash scene — a crowded residential area surrounded by thick woods, Sgt. Carr said.

The Beechcraft Sundowner took off from the airport at 11:28 a.m. and crashed at 11:31 a.m., Sgt. Carr said. Investigators were trying to determine where the plane was headed, he said.

The pilot and his wife were the only persons aboard the plane, which could carry four persons, said Wayne Shank, deputy executive director of the Norfolk Airport Authority.

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