2 killed in Kent Island plane crash
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.
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.
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.