MARYLAND CITY, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — One man was critically injured when a small plane crashed in a mobile home community Thursday morning, officials said.
The single-engine plane crashed into a pair of homes in the Parkway Village community off Brock Bridge Road in Maryland City, just east of Laurel, at about 10:15 a.m. The homes that were hit are on South Bruce Street, officials said.
Ronald Dixon, 70, who officials believe was the pilot of the plane, was found lying near the plane when Anne Arundel County fire and rescue personnel arrived at the scene. He was conscious and alert after the crash but was transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, police said.
Dixon remains in critical condition, according to Steve Thompson, battalion chief with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Dixon was the only person on board, and no one else was hurt.
Officials tell WNEW that the plane clipped the top of a nearby pine tree on its way down. Television footage shows the damaged plane on the ground with one wing detached and a second wing piercing the wall of a home.
Several trailer homes near the crash scene have been evacuated as a precaution, Thompson said. The crash didn’t cause any fires, but firefighters have applied a foam to the immediate area due to the flammability of the plane’s fuel, Thompson said.
The plane, a red and white 1941 Beechcraft BE 23 aircraft, took off from nearby Suburban Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport is less than a mile south of the crash site.
Maryland State Police, Anne Arundel County police and fire, and investigators from the FAA and National Transportation Security Board are on the scene.