Small Plane Crashes In Berlin, Md., Killing Pilot

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BERLIN, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — For the second time this week a person has died in a small plane crash.

A plane crashed Thursday morning around 10:50 a.m. in Berlin, Md. Maryland State Police said the pilot is believed to be the only occupant of the Piper Super Cub plane.

Police say witnesses reported the plane appeared to be having engine trouble after dropping an advertising banner. Witnesses also told police that the aircraft’s wing appeared to have struck a large tree before crashing into the ground.

State police have notified officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, and the investigation is continuing.

On Monday, a single-engine plane crashed near Davis Airport in Gaithersburg, killing flight instructor Frank Schmidt. A passenger in that crash was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

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