Plane crashes shortly after takeoff in Carroll County pilot seriously hurt


A Westminster pilot was injured Friday afternoon when his single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Clearview Airpark in southern Carroll County, authorities said.

Stephen W. DeBerry, 47, of the 800 block of David Ave. in Westminster was taken by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in serious but stable condition Friday evening, a spokeswoman said.

No one on the ground was injured, state police said.

DeBerry, with 30 years' experience as a pilot, took off in his yellow-and-red Marguart Charger about 1: 20 p.m. The plane had climbed to 125 feet when the engine stalled, Trooper Patrick McCrory said.

DeBerry maneuvered his plane back to the airport -- south of Westminster off Route 97 -- making turns to slow it down, state police said. The craft landed nose first at the end of the 1,845-foot runway, then rolled over.

DeBerry unlatched the door and got out of the wreck before the plane erupted in flames, police said.

"He looks to be OK," McCrory said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident, McCrory said.

Officials at Clearview Airpark, a private airport that opened in 1960 and is operated by Clearview Airport Inc., did not allow the news media near the accident site. Officials declined to comment.

Clearview Airpark is one of 19 private airports in Maryland. In 1996, the small airport was recognized as the best privately owned airport in the state by the Maryland Aviation Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Pub Date: 5/16/98

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