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Maryland State Police investigating minor plane crash at Carroll County Regional Airport

Maryland State Police investigating minor plane crash at Carroll County Regional Airport
Maryland State Police are investigating an incident at the Carroll County Regional Airport that resulted in a plane coming off of the runway. (Ken Koons / Carroll County Times)

Maryland State Police are investigating an incident at the Carroll County Regional Airport that resulted in a plane coming off of the runway, Cpl. Jordan Snedeker confirmed Thursday night.

At 8:21 p.m., the emergency communications center was alerted to a "small plane crash," Westminster Volunteer Fire Company public information officer Kevin Dayhoff said. Multiple units from Westminster responded, he said.

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Upon arrival, they located a small plane off of the runway and occupants were out of the plane, Dayhoff said.

There were no injuries, he added.

The aircraft was a privately owned and was identified as a 1977 Piper Aero 3, according to Maryland State Police. The aircraft's pilot and co-pilot were identified as Duan Bryant, 30, of Greenbelt, and Casey Lechter, 30, of Silver Spring, respectively.

A preliminary investigation determined that the pilots were practicing "touch and go" maneuvers and during the takeoff phase of the maneuver the aircraft experienced a loss of engine power, police said.

As the aircraft was nearing the end of the runway, with the pilots still unable to gain altitude, they conducted an emergency landing, police said. The aircraft left the runway and came to rest in a grass area just off the end of the runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration is aware of the incident and will be conducting an investigation.



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