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MD pilot sustains only minor injuries in plane crash at Delaware Coast Airport in Georgetown
By Kelli Steele

A 60-year-old Calvert County, Maryland pilot is recovering from minor injuries after he had to declare an emergency shortly after takeoff from Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown this (Saturday) afternoon, where he safely landed and exited the aircraft before it became engulfed in flames.

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center says the incident happened around 2 p.m., when the pilot, part of a group of recreational aviators visiting the area for the day, declared an emergency within moments of taking off from the airport's crosswind runway.



The pilot turned the aircraft around, landing it on the runway, where it rolled to a stop in a grass infield; the pilot then exited as flames consumed the 1960 Piper Tripacer.

Firemen from Georgetown, Ellendale, Millsboro and Milton, along with units from Sussex County EMS, Georgetown EMS and Delaware State Police, responded to the emergency, which also touched off a wind-swept brush fire along the runway; it took fire crews approximately an hour to get the fire under control.

The pilot was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.

Airport officials have reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board for investigation.



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