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- The Recorder
Calvert County Board of Education member Dawn Balinski was involved in a plane crash over the weekend when the pilot, Balinski’s husband Stephen Balinski, reportedly lost control of the aircraft.
About 12:38 p.m. March 2, troopers responded to the Chesapeake Ranch Estates Airport on Double Tree Lane in Lusby. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were contacted after a single-engine Cessna (model 182) airplane ended up in a ditch. At the scene, the Balinskis, both of Lusby, were uninjured, and both refused medical assistance, according to a Maryland State Police press release.
The plane endured some structural damage, said Sgt. Sciana Roach of the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack, who was the supervisor at the scene. The Balinskis, as well as a pet dog that was also in the aircraft at the time of the crash, exited the aircraft on their own.
The plane was in a ditch approximately 100 feet from the landing strip. The Balinskis had been returning from Cambridge when Stephen lost control. The plane veered toward the right, traveling across a grassy area and Double Tree Lane. The airplane continued until it struck a chain link fence and finally came to rest in the ditch, according to the release. The reason Stephen Balinski lost control of the aircraft, causing it to slide and skid, is unknown, 1st Sgt. Shane Bolger of the MSP Prince Frederick barrack said.
Airplane accidents at the Chesapeake Ranch Estates are rare, Bolger said.
“This is the first one I can remember in years,” he said.
The last one reported by The Calvert Recorder occurred in November 2011 when Lusby resident Stephen Waugh crash landed his plane at the CRE airport and ended up in a wooded ravine. He was pulled from the aircraft by his son and sustained numerous injuries from the accident.
Dawn Balinski has been involved in many organizations since moving to Calvert County 17 years ago, including the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education, League of Women Voters, Economic Development Commission, Commission for Women, Calvert Forestry Board and the Citizens Green Team for Calvert County, according to the Calvert County Public Schools website.
She is running for re-election to the Calvert County Board of Education in 2014.
Members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Calvert Advanced Life Support and Solomons Hazardous Materials Response Team all responded to the scene. The Hazardous Materials Response Team verified there were no gas spills or leakage, Bolger said.
An aviation safety inspector from the FAA responded to the scene and will be completing further investigation, the MSP press release states.
Dawn Balinski could not be reached for comment as of press time Thursday.