WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Pilot Identified In Ocean City Banner Plane Crash

Play associated audio

Authorities have identified the pilot of a small banner plane that crashed just outside of Ocean City as a 23-year-old man from Dorchester County.

Maryland state police say Rhodesdale resident Garrett Colona was the lone occupant of a small piper super cub banner plane that crashed onto the fairway of an abandoned golf course Thursday in Berlin, just a few miles from Ocean City.

Investigators believe that Colona was in the process of dropping one banner and picking up another, when his single engine plane faltered, causing the left wing to clip a tree bringing down the plane and claiming his life.

Colona's employer, Ocean Aerial Ads, has been flying banner planes in the region since 1982 and operates out of an airfield at a small family farm in Berlin. The company is no stranger to plane crashes, though. FAA records say the company has had nine crashes resulting in four fatalities since 1983.


WAMU 88.5

Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

NPR

Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
WAMU 88.5

Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

WAMU 88.5

Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.