Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Cessna 150G, N8428J: Incident occurred February 17, 2021 near Maryland Airport (2W5), Indian Head, Charles County, Maryland

National Transportation Safety Board  Number: ERA21LA132
Status:  In work
Event Date:  02/17/2021
Location:  Indian Head, Maryland
Injuries:  None

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Aircraft on approach and attempted to go around and landed in a wooded area. 

Date: 17-FEB-21
Time: 10:36:00Z
Regis#: N8428J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

BRYANS ROAD, Maryland (ABC7) — A plane crashed near Bryans Road, Maryland, state police reported Wednesday. The plane landed in the treetops and fell roughly 65 feet to the ground, according to the public information officer for the Charles County Fire Department.

Two people were aboard the plane, a male pilot and a female passenger. Both individuals refused medical attention and are being interviewed by Maryland State Police.

The fire department received a call around 9:47 a.m. for the report of a small plane down near Maryland Airport. Officials were able to ping the cell phone the pilot was using to get a better location of where the plane crashed, according to the PIO.

Fire officials were able to find the pilot along a bike trail off Bumpy Oak Road in Indian Head, Maryland roughly 300 yards down the trail.

Officials say they apparently experienced engine trouble and tried to return to Maryland Airport but were unsuccessful.

Maryland State Police say hazmat crews are on the scene of the crash to assist with spilled fuel and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been notified of the incident.


  1. WOW what lucky people in those woods with nothing but hardwoods. It looks like he did things right by going full flaps and mushing it in trying to thread the nose through the tree trunks on the way down - just as I was trained learning how to fly around dense pine forests in the southeast. Looking at the tree branch overhang over that narrow road looks like an attempt there wouldn't have been much safer (possibly even more dangerous catching a wing and snapping the aircraft head first onto the pavement).

  2. Lesson for all. Many tree landings are survivable as long as the wing is not stalled.

  3. Does that plane have some sort of modification to the inboard sections of the wing?

    1. No, those are fuel tanks...outboard of that moved aft on impact likely.

    2. No, those are fuel tanks...outboard of that moved aft on impact likely.

    3. No, those are fuel tanks...outboard of that moved aft on impact likely.

  4. Arrived at airport at 3500 feet, then spiraled down over the airport to lose altitude (controller too used to dealing with jets?). But did you pull your carb heat on during the descent?

  5. The second photo shows a guy in a safety lime green jacket setting up his drone. So who's taking that photo?

    1. Wait, in the forth photo that guy is gone. It's like he just flew away. And the drone is still there.

    2. looks to me like hes inside the black chevy in photo 4.