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Pilot injured after Cessna 172 crashes in Bowie field

A single-engine plane crashed in a field in Bowie Thursday evening, Maryland State Police said, leaving the pilot injured but alert and able walk out of the woods.

At around 6:20 p.m., police found the Cessna 172 upside down in the trees in the field off Church Road at Fairview Vista Road.

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The pilot, Michael Paul Pillsbury, 72, of Washington, D.C., was returning from Ocean City and trying to make the final approach to Freeway Airport, police said. Pillsbury told troopers there was no lighting and he could not see the tree line. The plane hit the tree line, overturned and crashed.

Pillsbury was taken to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No signs of impairment were observed, police said.

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There were no other injuries and no signs of fuel leakage or hazardous materials, police said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The plane will remain in the field overnight until arrangements can be made for a salvage company to remove it, police said.

Earlier this month a Marine Corps pilot made an emergency crash landing on the ramp off Interstate 97 near Annapolis. The pilot and two children aboard were not injured. They were returning to Tipton Airport.

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 and crash landed an airplane on the freeway.

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