Local Digest

Monday, May 17, 2010; B06


Plane with fire in cockpit sent to Dulles

A United Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles was diverted to Dulles International Airport Sunday night after a small fire broke out in the cockpit, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said.

Flight 27, which carried 105 passengers and a crew of seven from John F. Kennedy International Airport, landed at Dulles shortly after 9:30 p.m., said FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker. She said the fire apparently had been small and was contained before the Boeing 757 landed. No injuries were reported.

She said the runway on which the plane landed was closed for about 40 minutes while the plane was inspected. The FAA will investigate, Baker said.

-- Martin Weil


Man, 27, dies in motorcycle crash

A Germantown motorcyclist was killed Sunday when he apparently lost control of his bike on Middlebrook Road, struck a curb and drove up onto a sidewalk, then fell off the bike and struck a utility pole, police said.

Montgomery County police said officers saw a motorcyclist exit the Germantown Commons Shopping Center about 1:45 a.m. at high speed. The motorcycle was last seen traveling south on Middlebrook Road.

The motorcyclist was identified as Joshua C. Warden, 27, of the 19200 block of Liberty Mill Road.

-- Staff reports

Pedestrian killed In Germantown

A 55-year-old woman was struck by a car and killed Sunday night in the Germantown area of Montgomery County.

The incident occurred as the woman tried to cross Germantown Road between Pinnacle and Crystal Rock drives about 8:30 p.m., police said. She was not in a crosswalk when she was struck.

-- Martin Weil

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