Pilot Killed After His “Plane Hit A Power Line”, Name Released

Federalsburg, MD. – Shortly after 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Maryland State Police (MSP) at the Easton Barrack were dispatched to the report of an aircraft crash at a privately owned residential landing strip in the 3000-block of Seippes Road in Federalsburg, Md., according to MSP Spokeswoman Elena Russo.

Police believe the pilot is the owner of the grass airfield, that sits roughly 15 miles west of Seaford, Delaware. There were no injuries reported on the ground, accroding to Russo.

Russo said the preliminary investigation indicates shortly after takeoff, the pilot lost control of the aircraft for reasons unknown at this time. As he was ascending, investigators believe the plane hit a power line. Witnesses informed police the plane spiraled to the ground. A parachute appeared to have deployed from the aircraft.

State Police notified officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. FAA officials will be responding to the scene to continue the investigation.

The pilot is identified as Michael Malick, 71, of Federalsburg, according to Russo. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft and was transported to Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. The model of the aircraft involved is a Dream Machine 582.

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