Pilot Seriously Injured During Take-Off Attempt in Maryland

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Pete Piringer, Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery Couty Fire & Rescue

    A pilot attempting to take off at the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was seriously injured when his plane inexplicably came back down on the runway Saturday.

    Montgomery County Fire officials said the pilot got about 75 feet in the air before coming back down on the tarmac. The plane then went off the runway.

    There was no fire, but there was a fuel spill. The pilot was transported to the hospital with serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.

    The runway was closed while crewed rescued the pilot and cleaned up the fuel. The FAA and the NTSB have been contacted.

    The identity of the pilot has not been released, but officials said he appears to be in his 50s. Officials did not say what type of plane was involved, but only that the pilot was the only occupant.