Small plane crashes on Md. golf course, catches fire

LAUREL, Md. — Two people are in the hospital with serious injuries after their small plane crashed onto a golf course near Ocean City, Maryland, Friday morning.

According to Maryland State Police, the Beechcraft Debonair went down just before 9:20 a.m. at the Assateague Greens Golf Center in Berlin, Maryland.

“The plane had taken off a short time earlier from the Ocean City Municipal Airport,” said police spokesman Ron Snyder.

The two people on board, a husband and wife, were able to get out of the plane without help.

Snyder said the plane was on fire when it hit the ground, but it was not immediately clear whether the fire started while it was still in the air.

The two have been identified as pilot Guerrino Mascelli, 60, and passenger Mary Mascelli, 60, from Berlin.

No one on the ground was injured.

“We’re lucky,” said Snyder. “With a nice day like today and a holiday weekend coming up, this could have been a situation where there could have been people on the ground at the site of this crash. It could have been a lot worse.”

State police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that it’s also investigating.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Ron Snyder’s name.

Nick Iannelli

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