A pilot was seriously injured and mobile homes were damaged after a small plane crashed into a trailer park Thursday near Laurel, Md.
The plane, which took off from Suburban Airport in Laurel, crashed in Maryland City around 10 a.m. Thursday, colliding into two mobile homes, WUSA9 in Baltimore reports. CBS Baltimore identified the pilot as 70-year-old Ronald Dixon of Bowie, Md. He was in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon.
Another man was injured and appeared to be a passenger in the plane, WUSA9 reports. There were no injuries on the ground.
Horrified witnesses to the Maryland City plane crash described the accident to the Baltimore Sun.
“Of course, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Joe Arrington told the paper. The plane crashed into his neighbor’s home in the Parkway Village trailer park.
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"I saw my neighbor, and I yelled, 'Call 911!' " he said. "We dragged the pilot away from the plane, about 25 feet. I told him, 'It's OK, it's going to be all right.' He told me his ankle was broken. He was conscious enough to know he's injured. ... I kept talking to the gentleman, just to let him know he wasn't alone."
The small plane, identified as a Beechcraft Musketeer, took off around 10 a.m. from Laurel and wasn’t able to gain enough altitude. That’s when it hit a tree and crashed into the two mobile homes, the Maryland State Police told the Sun.
Parkway Village resident Andy Smith said he wasn’t surprised such a crash didn’t occur sooner.
"I heard sputtering noises, then just a big bang, and that was it," he said. "It was going to happen sooner or later -- these planes fly so low all the time."
Todd Gunther of the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, said investigators are trying to determine how the plane crashed near Laurel. He told CBS Baltimore that the aircraft involved in the crash was being delivered to its new owner after being put up for sale. The pilot was not the owner.
While nobody on the ground was injured in the crash, the families living in the mobile homes are now displaced. The residents were not in the trailers at the time of the accident.
“It’s just really, really lucky that [the pilot] didn’t take out whole homes with people inside. That’s what I’m really thankful about today,” Arrington told CBS Baltimore.
The NTSB is expected to be at the crash site in Maryland City until Saturday, according to the television station.