A small plane crashed into the woods off the end of Tipton Airport in Anne Arundel County just after 6 p.m. Tuesday resulting in minor injuries to the two men aboard, Anne Arundel County Fire Department officials said.

The plane came to a rest about 50 feet up in trees off Bald Eagle Drive, part of the Patuxent Research Refuge south of Fort Meade.

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Capt. Russ Davies, a fire department spokesman, said the student pilot — identified by the Maryland State Police as Thomas Falk, 55, of Silver Spring — was extricated with the use of ground ladders.

Davies said the second person — identified by state police as James Palazak, 59, of Columbia — was an instructor and that he was brought to the ground by special operations team via ropes at 7:45 p.m. by Special Operations rescue firefighters from Station 23 in Arnold.

Both men reported minor injuries and were transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore as a precaution.

According to the plane’s tail number, provided by Davies, Federal Aviation Administration records indicate it is a fixed-wing single engine Socata Tampico.

1World Aero LLC owns the plane, according to the FAA, and operates a flight school out of Tipton Airport.

State police said the plane might have had engine failure according to investigators on scene but that the cause remains under investigation.

The police notified officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. Those agencies will be responsible for investigating the cause of the crash.

The fire department and state troopers were joined at the scene by the Anne Arundel County Police Department and Howard County’s special operations team.

The crash site is off the west approach runway of the Tipton Airport, a general aviation airport.

Tipton Airport was a part of Fort Meade military operations until the base realignment designated it for privatization in 1988. It closed in 1995 and reopened under the Tipton Airport Authority.

Since reopening in 1999 several improvements have been made, including resurfacing runways and taxiways and building new hangars. The airport is pursuing a 1,200-foot runway extension.

It was at least the second small plane crash in the area in a week. A plane crashed on Route 50 in Bowie on Thursday.

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