A small plane crash into a mobile home park near Laurel, Md., left the pilot in critical condition and two families without homes.
Pilot Ronald Dixon, 70, took off from Laurel’s Suburban Airport near the crash site Thursday morning. Police told CBS Baltimore that witnesses said Dixon’s plane was flying low
, hit a tree first, and then crashed to the ground, tearing up two homes.
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The Baltimore Sun reported that no one was in the two homes
, and the American Red Cross is working with the two families affected by the crash.
One neighbor told the Sun reporter that they heard “sputtering noises and then just a big bang” when the accident occurred.
“It was going to happen sooner or later – these planes fly so low all the time,” Andy Smith told the Sun.
Neighbor Joe Arrington heard a loud boom and rushed outside, CBS Baltimore reported.
“I immediately smelled gasoline or something and this guy was hurt really bad,” Arrington told the station. “So I immediately yelled ‘call 911’ really loud and panicky now.”
Arrington told CBS that he dragged the pilot away from the plane about 25 feet.
When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they found the pilot alert and lying away from the wreckage, the Sun reported.
The National Transportation and Safety Board is sending a representative to the site to determine what went wrong.
The plane did not belong to Dixon, CBS reported, but it was sold and he was flying it to York, Pa., to deliver it to the new owner.
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