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FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) — Frederick City Police are investigating a small plane crash at the Frederick Airport that may have been the result of a botched theft attempt.

Lt. Clark Pennington, spokesperson for the Frederick City Police Department, says the incident was first reported around 2:14 Monday morning when a single-engine Piper Super Cub airplane crashed on the runway. Pennington says a Frederick City employee spotted a white male, approximately 50-60 years of age, piloting the aircraft on the runway when he lost control and crashed into a grassy area just off one of the runways. The man inside the plane fled the scene.

Following the crash, Pennington says officers from the Frederick Police Department, Maryland State Police and the Frederick County Sheriff’s office joined in the search for the suspect. The man was later located after a helicopter search and K-9 unit tracked the man in the woods near the airport. Pennington says he has been detained for questioning.

Investigators believe the plane was stolen from a nearby hanger on airport property. The Frederick Police Department is currently investigating the scene of the theft and searching the plane for more evidence.

Pennington says the investigation is ongoing, and is being coordinated with the FBI, FAA, and Frederick City Airport Management.

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