National Transportation Safety Board

Marine Corps pilot, young sons, thankful after crash landing on Annapolis highway

Marine Corps pilot, young sons, thankful after crash landing on Annapolis highway

The engine of the recreational airplane trembled a half-mile above the gray Chesapeake Bay. The pilot checked his flight instruments and glanced at his two boys, ages 4 and 8. Both were calm in the 26-foot aircraft.

No reason to worry, Christopher Curry told himself as he cruised toward Annapolis at about 125 mph.

Then the single engine shuddered and smoked. Bits fell off in the sky. The propeller slowed.

To Curry, an experienced Marine Corps pilot, the signs were clear: This plane is going down.

This Thanksgiving, there’s plenty to be thankful for in one Odenton home. Because two weeks ago, on a cold, cloudless afternoon, the Currys fell from the sky,...

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