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This week in Columbia's history: Airplane crashes into Owen Brown house

This week in Columbia's history: Airplane crashes into Owen Brown house

On a dreary May morning in 1982, residents of Owen Brown village in Columbia heard an enormous sound. Martin Malarkey III ran outside to see what he thought was an explosion in his neighbor's living room. He later saw that it was a small airplane, nose first and upside down in a Columbia house. The plane crash on Deep Cup on May 28, 1982 killed all five passengers, wrecked the Rossini family's house and deeply affected the neighborhood.

The six-passenger twin-engine Beechcraft Travel Air was carrying five city officials from Portsmouth, Va., to Annapolis. It had been slated to land at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, 8 miles west, when the plane's pilot missed a turn...

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