A small plane crashed into a mobile home park in Anne Arundel County on Thursday morning, seriously injuring the pilot and closing streets in the Laurel neighborhood, officials said.
The crash occurred at about 10:30 a.m. near Brock Bridge Road and South Bruce Street, officials said. The pilot — who was the sole occupant of the single-engine plane — was identified as Ronald H. Dixon, 70, of Glen Burnie. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in critical condition.
No injuries were reported on the ground.
Officials said the plane had taken off from nearby Suburban Airport, a general aviation airfield less than a mile from the crash site.
Streets around the neighborhood were closed off for much of the day as officials worked to contain a fuel leak.
Witnesses told investigators that the plane appeared to be flying low and struck one of the trees in the area. After hitting the tree, it struck two homes before crashing to the ground.
John Carter, who lives on the street where the plane went down, said he had just returned home to pick up some camera equipment when he heard a loud crash. He ran out of his home and saw that parts of the plane had broken apart and hit two houses in the neighborhood. He said he and another neighbor pulled Dixon from the wreckage.
“We saw gas leaking, and we were afraid the plane was going to ignite,” Carter said.
He said Dixon was alert, but it appeared that his leg and nose may have been broken in the crash.
State and federal authorities are investigating the incident but have not disclosed any information about a possible cause.