SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

Wind pushes plane off runway into cornfield

Two people escaped injury when the airplane they had just landed was pushed off the runway and into a cornfield Sunday morning.


James Henry Gronke, 44, of the 3600 block of Sylvan Drive in Baltimore, the pilot of the aircraft, told state police he landed the 1948 Piper Vagabond at Wolf Airfield in Eldersburg when a strong gust lifted and pushed the single-engine plane into a cornfield.

Mr. Gronke said the aircraft traveled about 75 feet through the cornfield, causing the landing gear to collapse and dropping the left wing to the ground.


Jennifer Green, of the same address, the only passenger in the aircraft, was not injured.

Wolf Airfield is a private grass runway airport in the 6100 block of Oklahoma Road in Eldersburg.


* Eldersburg: Sykesville investigated a kitchen fire on Liberty Road at 4:59 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for 15 minutes.

* Sykesville: Sykesville responded for a cleanup detail at an accident scene on Route 32 at Liberty Road at 11:22 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 28 minutes.