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Laurel plane crash: Small plane crashes into Maryland mobile homes

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   July 18, 2013 at 6:12 PM   |   Comments

July 18 (UPI) -- A small, single-engine plane crashed into a mobile home park near Laurel, Md., on Thursday, injuring the 70-year-old pilot and another man in the plane, WUSA 9 reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the aircraft had hit a pine tree 45 feet above the ground before it crashed into two homes. Authorities said that no one on the ground was injured.

I've never seen anything like this," neighbor Joe Arrington told the Baltimore Sun, saying that he thought a truck had hit a speed bump to fast.

"I heard sputtering noises, then just a big bang and that was it," another neighbor, Andy Smith, said. "It was going to happen sooner or later -- these planes fly so low all the time."

The pilot was identified as Ronald H. Dixon, 70, of Bowie, Md. He was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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