4 survive small-plane mishaps One Piper crashes, one lands safely

September 17, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating an airplane crash Sunday near Taylorsville and the emergency landing of another plane earlier that day on Route 27 near Westminster, authorities said.

An Eldersburg pilot and his 15-year-old son stumbled away from their single-engine plane after crashing into trees off the runway at Clearview Airpark near Taylorsville about 6 p.m., state police said. The pair were returning from an air show at Glenn L. Martin State Airport in Baltimore County.

Robert J. Maxson III, 42, and his son, Robert J. Maxson IV, of the 6100 block of Forest Lane, were taken to Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster, where they were treated for facial cuts and body bruises and released, Tom Chapman, manager of the airpark, said yesterday.

A preliminary investigation indicates the pilot saw something on the runway and tried to abort his landing, said Mitch Barker, a spokesman for the FAA. Maxson's 1965 Piper Cherokee was too low, however, and he was unable to pull up to circle for a second landing attempt.

Upon impact with the trees, the plane's wings were sheared off and the fuselage came to rest in a ravine about 1,000 feet from the end of the runway, state police said.

Barker said officials from the National Transportation Safety Board routinely look into any plane accident involving personal injury. He could not predict when the investigation would be completed.

Earlier, Michael Epp, 38, of Finksburg safely landed his single-engine 1966 Piper Cherokee just south of Westminster on Route 27 about 9 a.m., after experiencing engine problems soon after takeoff from Clearview Airpark.

Epp and his brother, Mark Epp, 37, of Baltimore, were traveling to Dover, Del., when the engine stalled, police said.

Preliminary information from FAA investigators indicated that the pilot quickly selected a landing area and safely made an emergency landing, Barker said.

No one was injured, police said.

About 38 airplane owners park light aircraft at Clearview Airpark, west of Route 97 on Bear Branch Road.

The airpark does not provide mechanical maintenance, Chapman said.

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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