Plane's engine lost power before Maryland City crash

July 19, 2013|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

The small plane that crashed into a Maryland City mobile home park on Thursday morning lost power shortly after takeoff, investigators said Friday.

The pilot, who has been identified as Ronald H. Dixon of Bowie, took off from Suburban Airport in a 1962 Beechcraft Musketeer, heading to York, Pa., said Todd Gunther, aircraft safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The engine lost power at 250 feet, and the plane hit a 60-foot pine tree before striking two mobile homes and coming to rest with the left wing jutting into one of the homes, Gunther said.

Investigators have not determined why the engine lost power. The plane's control system, fuel system and exhaust system were intact and the proper fuel was used, Gunther said.

Investigators planned to remove the plane from the scene in the Parkway Village community on Friday night. It will be reassembled for further investigation, Gunther said.

Gunther said his team had interviewed Dixon, who was being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, on Friday afternoon. No one else was injured in the crash, but two families were displaced.

Gunther confirmed that the plane was listed for sale and was being delivered to a new owner.

A preliminary report from the NTSB is expected in seven to nine days, but a full report could take up to a year.

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