According to Maryland State Police, area law enforcement and firefighter/paramedics responded when several 911 calls were received just after 11:00 a.m. ET Thursday, September 12, 2019, reporting a small plane crash on Route 50 near Freeway Airport in Bowie, Maryland. The crash occurred close to the end of Runway 18.
The pilot of a Mooney M20J attempted to take off from Freeway Airport, just south of Route 50 in Bowie, and immediately crash-landed in the eastbound lanes of Highway 50. While landing on the highway, a crash with a passenger vehicle occurred that involved four people — two in the vehicle and two in the aircraft.
Two adults in the vehicle were helped out of their car before rescuers arrived. The two adults in the car, a silver Nissan Versa, were transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, according to Prince George County Fire Department.
Two adults in the aircraft, a small single-engine red-and-white 1978 Mooney M20J, suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment or transportation to a hospital, according to Prince George County Fire Department. The two people in the aircraft were able to kick their way out and walk to a safe area at the crash scene.
The left wing struck the Nissan, tearing the wing off the aircraft and slicing into the vehicle’s roof and shattering the windshield. The aircraft then slid along the highway in a semi-circle and crashed into the jersey barrier center divider for the highway.
Route 50, also known as John Hanson Highway remained open after the crash, but some lanes in both directions were blocked for about four hours as the wreckage was cleaned up.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. The reason for the landing attempt on Route 50 was initially unknown. According to the FAA Registry the aircraft was manufactured in 1978, and is owned by a person out of Greenbelt, Maryland.
The crash scene is located about 12 miles east-northeast of Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
The owners brought up the risk of crashes, citing at least 10 that have happened previously, during a public hearing Tuesday on a bill that would allow townhomes and single-family detached dwellings to be built on the airport property. https://t.co/zz8E8sRB5M
— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) September 12, 2019
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UPDATE: A small plane crash-landed on U.S. 50 near Freeway Airport in Bowie, Maryland. Four people are being evaluated for injuries.https://t.co/7RsjgCW0ht
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