2 killed in Kent Is­land plane crash

Record Observer - - Front Page - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­times.com

STEVESNVILLE — The two peo­ple killed in the crash of a small plane on Kent Is­land on Tues­day, April 18, have been iden­ti­fied by Mary­land State Po­lice as res­i­dents of El­li­cott City.

Richard Hess, 63, and Janet Metz, 56, died when a Vans RV12 sin­gle en­gine plane crashed in a field on the east side of Route 8 about 12:45 p.m. Tues­day, ac­cord­ing state po­lice.

Hess was the pi­lot and Metz was a pas­sen­ger, po­lice said. The plane burst into flames when it crashed and both were de­clared dead at the scene, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The lo­ca­tion is across Route 8 from Bay Bridge Air­port and near the El­len­dale com­mu­nity. No one on the ground was hurt.

It’s still not known what caused the crash, po­lice said. The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board and the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion are han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Emer­gency per­son­nel from the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment ex­tin­guished the flames when they ar­rived on the scene, po­lice said. Also re­spond­ing were units from the United Com­mu­ni­ties Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, Mary­land State Po­lice, Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity Po­lice, ac­cord­ing to state po­lice.

The plane was owned by a com­pany in Wilm­ing­ton, Del., ac­cord­ing to state po­lice spokesman Cpl. DaVaughn Parker.

The plane was as­so­ci­ated with Ch­e­sa­peake Sport Pi­lot at Bay Bridge Air­port, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s He­len Woods posted on the D.C. Pi­lots List. It said it sends its “sin­cer­est thought and prayers to the friends and fam­ily of those in­volved in this tragedy.” The com­pany said it will co­op­er­ate fully with the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board in­ves­ti­ga­tion “which will hope­fully help pre­vent this type of hor­ri­ble ac­ci­dent in the fu­ture.”

Ch­e­sa­peake Sport Pi­lot said it is a “close knit com­mu­nity of in­di­vid­u­als who share a pas­sion for avi­a­tion and I know we will all grieve this loss for some time.” It of­fered its help and sup­port to all those af­fected.

There is no word yet on how long the in­ves­ti­ga­tion might take.

PHOTO BYJACK SHAUM

The place where a small plane crashed on Kent Is­land near the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 8 and Kent Manor Drive is vis­i­ble in the dis­tance just above the roof of the white ve­hi­cle.

PHOTO BY JACK SHAUM

Po­lice and fire­fight­ers at the scene of a plane crash on Kent Is­land early Tues­day af­ter­noon. The plane went down in a field just east of Route 8 near the in­ter­sec­tion with Kent Manor Drive.

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