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Three remain critical from Labor Day plane crash in Bowie

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BOWIE, Md. - Three people remain in critical condition at Baltimore Shock Trauma after surviving a small plane crash right alongside busy Route 50 in the afternoon on Labor Day.

Maryland State Police identified the pilot as 58-year-old Alizreza Tivay of Northwest Washington. The two passengers were identified as 48-year-old Deborah A. Tucker of Alexandria, and 45-year-old Seth Sharpe of Laurel.

Around 3:34 in the afternoon on Labor Day, the single-engine Mooney M-20C crashed seconds after taking off from the single runway at Freeway Airport, which abuts Rt. 50 just outside of the City of Bowie.

The pilot managed to just get across busy Route 50, before his aircraft hit the ground only a few feet from the roadway’s shoulder. Witnesses said all three people aboard were conscious and able to speak after the crash landing, but all suffered significant injuries.

Medivac helicopters were landed for two of the three victims. That completely shut down Westbound Rt. 50 on Labor Day, creating a massive, hours-long traffic jam precisely when thousands of beach-goers were hoping to use that roadway to come home.

One of the victims, a woman, was taken by ambulance to Prince George’s Hospital Center. But later in the evening, she was transferred to Shock Trauma in

Baltimore, an indication that her injuries were also serious.

The NTSB will conduct what’s called a “limited investigation”, checking the aircraft’s engine, maintenance records, radar records, whether the pilot filed a flight plan, his medical status, etc. A preliminary report should be published in mid-September.

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