(Westminster, MD) – Maryland State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash that killed a Montgomery County man this morning in Carroll County.
The victim is identified as Henry Judkins, 64, of the 7700 block of Epsilon Drive in Rockville. Judkins was the pilot and the only individual aboard the Remos GX, a Light Sport Aircraft, at the time of the crash. Judkins was pronounced dead at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
The preliminary investigation indicates Judkins was one mile away from the Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster when he reported mechanical issues. Witnesses observed the aircraft flying at varying altitudes before descending into a grassy area approximately forty feet prior to the runway.
While emergency medical providers responded to the scene and performed life saving measures on Judkins, Trooper 3 arrived. Upon landing, the pilot immediately recognized an engine malfunction resulting in the grounding of the aircraft.
Without delay, the pilot called for a second helicopter. Subsequently, Judkins was transported by ambulance to an area near the Mitchell Golf Course in Reisterstown, where they were met by Trooper 1 who then transported the patient to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Maryland State Police Crime Scene technicians assisted investigators by processing the crash site in an attempt to recover physical evidence from the scene.
Westminster Fire Department and officers from the Westminster City Police Department also responded for assistance.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash.