A plane for a traffic-reporting service crashed into a home in heavy fog Tuesday morning, setting it afire. The residents of the house escaped unharmed, but one person in the plane died and the other was critically injured.
Veteran pilot Douglas Duff, 42, of Alexandria, Va., died in the crash. The passenger, Metro Traffic reporter Rob Edgar, was hospitalized in critical condition with broken bones and burns over 40 percent of his body.
The single-engine, four-seat Cessna 172XP crashed about 7 a.m. EDT less than 100 yards from Freeway Airport.
Officials said Duff, who had taken off from Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, was trying to make an emergency landing, but it wasn't known why. The cause of the crash was under investigation
Fire department spokesman Chauncey Bowers said the two residents of the house heard the plane coming and escaped unharmed. They were identified in broadcast reports as the ex-wife and daughter of Stanley Rodenhauser, the owner of Freeway Airport.
The home suffered severe damage.
The plane was owned by Congressional Air Charter and the pilot was employed by that company, officials said. Officials at Metro Traffic had no immediate comment.
Meanwhile, searchers in Vermont found a downed airplane in the Green Mountain National Forest today. Both occupants were dead.
The plane left the Dillant Hopkins Airport in Keene, N.H., and disappeared from radar at about Monday evening, and a short time later an emergency locator signal was detected.
The plane was discovered by the search crews in a rough area near the remote town of Sunderland, Vermont State Police Sgt. Gene Douillard said.
Detail on who was in the plane or where it was headed was not immediately released.