1 killed, 2 hurt in plane crash in Calvert


One person was killed and two others were critically injured when a single-engine Cessna airplane crashed yesterday evening just after takeoff from a private airstrip in Calvert County.

A passenger, Douglas Skinner, 38, of Lusby, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Witnesses told police that the engine on the 1967 Cessna Model 77 lost power, causing the plane to crash in woods near the airstrip.

The pilot, Howard Dennis, 61, of Lusby, and another passenger, Roger Skinner, 49, of Annapolis, were flown by Medstar helicopter to the Washington Hospital Center, where they were listed in critical condition last night.

Deputy Steven Lyons of the Calvert County sheriff's office said the plane took off from Chesapeake Ranch Airport in Chesapeake Ranch Estates about 6:15 p.m. He said the plane caught fire after it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the accident.

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