Small plane crashes near Bowie area airport

Prince George’s County Fire Department - This small single-engine airplane crashed Saturday morning in a cornfield in Bowie.

A small single-engine airplane crashed Saturday morning in a cornfield steps away from Freeway Airport outside Bowie, and the four occupants, including two children, escaped without apparent injuries, authorities said.

Maryland State Police said it appears that the pilot of the Cessna Skyhawk was trying to land when the plane veered from the runway and overturned in the cornfield, about 100 feet away.

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Mark E. Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County fire department, said the crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. The airport is located in the 3900 block of Church Road, just off U.S. 50.

Police identified the pilot as a 43-year-old man from Brandywine. They said the passengers were a 38-year-old woman from Alexandria, her 14-year-old son and her 9-year-old daughter.

The group was on a sightseeing flight, according to police.

Brady said that the occupants were evaluated by medics but that they were all standing next to the plane when emergency crews arrived and did not appear to be injured. They were being interviewed by representives of the state police and the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA records show the plane is owned by Freeway Airport and is up to date on its certification. The plane was built in 1985, and the engine was made by Lycoming.

Matt Lindquist, the chief pilot of the airport’s flight school, said the people in the plane, whom he declined to identify, had rented it for the flight. “They were a bit shaken up, as you might surmise,” he said.

It was the second small-plane crash in the region this week that produced no serious injuries. On Thursday, a pilot on a solo training run crash-landed and flipped his Cessna plane at Manassas Regional Airport in Northern Virginia. He was not seriously hurt.

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