Maryland State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash at the Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster Friday morning that killed the pilot, a Derwood resident.
Henry Judkins, 64, of the 7700 block of Epsilon Drive, was the only person aboard the Remos GX, a light sport aircraft, police said. Judkins was pronounced dead at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Police said Judkins was one mile away from the Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster when he reported mechanical issues. Witnesses saw the aircraft flying at varying altitudes before descending into a grassy area approximately 40 feet from the runway.
Medical personnel tended to Jenkins awaiting the helicopter transport, but the helicopter had an engine malfunction and was unable to help in the rescue effort, police said.
Judkins was taken instead by ambulance to an area near the Mitchell Golf Course in Reisterstown, where another helicopter took him to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland in Baltmore, where he died, according to police.
Maryland State Police Crime Scene technicians, the and officers from the assisted in the response.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate to try to determine a cause of the crash.