- The Washington Times - Monday, December 28, 2009

A homeless man stole a small plane Monday morning from a suburban D.C. airport but crashed before getting airborne, according to law enforcement officials.

The incident was reported at 2:14 a.m. EST at the Frederick (Md.) Municipal Airport, roughly 50 miles northwest of the nation’s capital, said Lt. Clark Pennington of the Frederick City Police Department.

He identified the suspect as Calvin Cox, 51, who was captured in nearby woods during a manhunt involving several law-enforcement agencies, a helicopter and a K-9 team.

Lt. Pennington said Mr. Cox fled after crashing the single-engine Piper Super Cub in a grassy area off a runway and that the craft “never left the ground.”

He said the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration are involved in the investigation, but the incident is not considered terrorist related.

“We have no indication what his intentions were, but we do not think it was an attempted terrorist attack,” Lt. Pennington said.

The incident occurred three days after a 23-year-old Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab purportedly attempted to detonate a powerful explosive during a passenger flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Cox faces charges of felony theft, burglary and trespassing.

The damaged plane belongs to the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Association and was in a hangar on airport property.

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