Forest Hill, MD Aircraft Crash

On August 24, 2003, at 11:18 AM, the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched for a report of an aircraft down near 10 North Forest Drive in Forest Hill.

First fire department units responding (11:19 AM) were advised by fire dispatch that the incident was now believed to be located in the 2300 block of Rocks Road just prior to the Jarrettsville Road intersection.

Fire department units arrived at 11:21 AM reporting one aircraft down with heavy fire to the rear of 2316 Rocks Road. Firefighters also reported that the aircraft had struck the residence at 2318 Rocks Road severely damaging the 2nd floor and roof in the rear corner of the structure.

The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes by 45 firefighters operating 5 engines, 1 ladder truck and two ambulances.

There were no injuries on the ground. The pilot of the L39 Czechoslovakian retired military aircraft perished in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the cause of the crash.

The home that was struck by the aircraft was deemed unsafe for occupancy by the Harford County Building Inspector.

The Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company stood by at the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company main fire station in the event of other emergencies.

The Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Fire Department responded their foam unit in support of suppression operations. In addition the Harford County Hazardous Materials Response Team and Division of Emergency Operations, Maryland Department of the Environment, Harford County Sheriff