Maryland Plane Crash Kills Two
Two people are dead following a small plane crash that happened in Maryland on Tuesday.
Details about the Fatal Plane Accident
According to authorities, the accident happened at about 12:45 p.m. in a field near the runway at bay Bridge Airport, which is just east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on U.S. Route 50 and Maryland Route 8.
Maryland State Police have indicated that the single-engine plane went down in the field just across the highway from the airport. State police have identified the plane as a Van’s Aircraft RV-12, which, according to the website of the company that made the plane, is a two-seater that can either be built from a kit or by the factory.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene of the accident, the plane was on fire, but police believe the plane was not on fire when the plane was in the air but was engulfed after the accident. State police indicated that there was a man and a woman inside the plane at the time of the crash, and that they were both pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as 63-year-old Richard Hess and his friend, 56-year-old Janet Metz.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are both investigating the cause of the accident.
Important Information about Small Plane Accidents
- In 2013, there were a total of 259 general aviation accidents resulting in a total of 449 fatalities.
- There was a fatal accident rate of 1.07.
- The leading cause of general aviation accidents was loss of control inflight, and controlled flight into terrain.