Single-Engine Plane Crashes in Md., Killing Pilot

Plane struck trees before crashing about a quarter mile from airport

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010  |  Updated 10:06 PM EDT
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Single-Engine Plane Crashes in Md., Killing Pilot

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A single-engine plane crashed Saturday, killing the pilot, as the aircraft was returning to Lee Airport in Edgewater.

Airport manager Van Lee says the pilot was the only person on board the Beechcraft Bonanza P35. He says it suddenly banked to the right and struck some trees before crashing about a quarter of a mile from the airport at about 4:30 p.m. He says a big plume of smoke was visible from the airport.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was registered to Joseph Kelly of Annapolis.

Lee did not identify the pilot and said he didn't know how much flying experience he had.

The weather conditions were clear Saturday afternoon.
 

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