A single-engine plane crashed Saturday, killing the pilot, as the aircraft was returning to Lee Airport in Edgewater.
The pilot, Joseph Luther Kelly III of Annapolis, Md., was the only person on board the Beechcraft Bonanza P35, according to airport manager Van Lee. Lee said the plane 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.
Anne Arundel County fire officials said the plane crashed into the yard of one-story single family home at the end of Warehouse Creek Lane. The fire did not spread to the home.
The plane was on fire when crews arrived on the scene and Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene. No one on the ground was hurt.
Maryland State Police investigators and officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and from Maryland State Police Crime Lab and Accident Reconstruction returned to the scene Sunday for further investigation.
The weather conditions were clear Saturday afternoon.