- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2006

1:11 p.m.

A pilot was critically injured this morning when his single-engine plane crashed in 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 immediately, was taken to the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

No one else was onboard 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 Road in Edgewater when it struck some trees, Lt. Waltemeyer said.

The plane crashed in a soybean field 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 had canceled the plan about three miles out because he could see the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

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