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Updated: Police ID 2 Killed in Maryland Small Plane Crash

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Tuesday afternoon's plane crash scene at the Bay Bridge Airport. (Photo credit: WJZ) Tuesday afternoon's plane crash scene at the Bay Bridge Airport. (Photo credit: WJZ)

STEVENSVILLE, Md. (WBOC/AP)- Maryland State Police are identifying two people killed when a small plane crashed on Kent Island. 

Maryland State Police said Wednesday that two Ellicott City residents, 63-year-old Richard Hess and his friend, 56-year-old Janet Metz, were killed in Tuesday afternoon's crash near the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville. 
    
Police said Hess was piloting the Van's Aircraft RV-12 when shortly before 1 p.m. it crashed in an open field near the Ellendale Manor community in Stevensville and burst into flames. According to the company's website, the plane is a two-seater that can be built from a kit or in a factory.
    
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said a preliminary report may be available next week, but it could take 12 to 18 months to determine the cause.    

The airport serves mostly general aviation, not scheduled passenger airlines.

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