Sat, May 15, 2004
Pilot killed but no injuries at residential crash
The Baltimore Sun is
reporting that a cargo Mitsubishi MU-2 crashed in a residential
neighborhood next to Baltimore-Washington International Airport on
Friday morning. The pilot was killed, but there were no
injuries on the ground.
The aircraft was on approach to BWI at 7:25 AM when it flew
into the treetops near the airport. Its wings were sheared off, and
then crashed into the driveway of a home, scattering debris around
the Ferndale neighborhood and igniting at least one fire, which was
quickly put out by the local fire department.
"It is a miracle that others on the ground were not hurt," said
Maryland State Police Maj. Greg Shipley. The pilot was identified
as Thomas Lennon, 34. There were no other crew or pax on
The aircraft was operated by Epps Air Service Inc. of Atlanta,
which flies checks for banks in the Northeast. "We are deeply
saddened to learn of the crash in Baltimore, Maryland this
morning," the company said in a statement. "This is the first pilot
we've lost in these twenty-plus years we've been running this part
of the business."
NTSB and FAA investigators reached the site a few hours after
the accident to begin the complex job of determining the probable
cause(s) of the crash.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Barry Lear Jr., of Jernigan and
Trott Concrete Pumping, witnessed the accident. "The wings were
straight up and down, and then it hit a tree in the back yard.
After it hit the tree, it became a ball of fire. Pieces flew across
the street. There was a crashing and grinding noise as the
propeller hit the tree," he said.
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