Prince George’s County Student pilot overshoots runway

, crashes small plane at airport in Bowie

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BOWIE, Md. — A small plane hit a fence bordering Rt. 50 while attempting a landing at Freeway Airport in Bowie in Prince George’s county, fire and police officials say.

A Cessna 172 with a student pilot in control overshot the runway at about 2:45 p.m., according to a Maryland State Police spokesperson. The only passenger in the four-seater was the instructor.

No injuries have been reported, says Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire PIO.

Although there were no lane closures, traffic delays extended about three miles on Eastbound Rt. 50 as citizens going home from work stopped on the main highway to observe, officials said.

Prince George’s County Fire also responded to the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transpiration Safety Board were contacted and will be conducting a follow-up investigation.

The registered owner of the plane is Freeway Airport, Inc. in Mitchellville, Md., according to public records.

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