The investigation is continuing into this morning’s plane crash in northwestern Carroll County that took the lives of both people aboard.
Robert H. Kociemba, 61, of the 700-block of St. George-Barber Road in Davidsonville, Md., who is believed to have been the pilot, and Letty (nmn) Williams, 66, of the 3800-block of Glebe Meadow Way of Edgewater, Md, were pronounced dead at the scene by fire officials. The two were said to have been friends.
Maryland state troopers, responding to a call, found the two-seat aircraft at approximately 7:30 a.m., crashed in a cornfield, about one-quarter mile from the Keymar Airpark, a privately owned airstrip southwest of Taneytown.
Kociemba and Williams had taken off from the airpark just minutes before the crash, according to preliminary reports. Their destination was unknown.
Federal aviation officials are conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.
The aircraft is believed to be a Golden Circle Air T-Bird II, classified by the FAA as a light sport aircraft. The engine and propeller in this type of aircraft are located behind the pilot and passenger.
The owner of the airpark told state troopers that Kociemba flew from his airstrip two to three times a week and had rented hangar space from him for about four years. Kociemba was said to have been an experienced pilot.