Small plane crashes during take-off at Bowie airport

Photo: PGFD Assistant Fire Chief Thomas James

A single-engine airplane crashed in a cornfield near an airport in Bowie. All four occupants escaped without injury.

Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady says the single engine plane was taking off at the Freeway Airport around 10 a.m. when it tumbled off the runway and landed upside down in a cornfield.

The Cessna Skyhawk's pilot and three passengers were able to walk to the terminal building to get help.

The plane is owned by the airport, and officials say the group had rented the aircraft and were on a sightseeing flight.

Maryland State Police identified the pilot as 43-year-old Edwardo Grigsby of Brandywine, Md. His passengers were 38-year-old Tsige Safo of Alexandria, Va., and her son and daughter, 14-year-old Nahom Ebssa and 9-year-old Eban Ebssa.

By the time troopers arrived all four had exited the aircraft.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.