Pilot Walks Away From Crash But Transported To Shock Trauma

An airplane crash into a soybean field ended with the pilot walking away from it, but being flown by MSP Medevac to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma. The single-engine 1967 Piper airplane crashed into a field at 11075 Lewistown Road near Geib Road outside Cordova. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were sent to examine the wreckage. The farm is owned by Meadow View Farms.

Because of corn being harvested, not everyone living near the accident heard it, but some said they heard the airplane’s engine sputter just before it crashed nose first into the soybeans. The plane landed at an almost 45-degree angle and did not skid. Cynthia Blazejak, who lives on the farm, was one of the first to get to the crash. She said by the time she got there, the pilot had climbed out on his own, but was bloodied.

The pilot was identified as 82-year-old William Roulette of Pennsylvania. He was discharged from Shock Trauma, but may have to go back for more surgery. His face was cut up pretty badly, and he possibly may have long-term nerve damage. Roulette was a long-time resident of the Eastern Shore, and along with his late wife, owned and operated a popular deli in Easton. Roulette was flying back to Pennsylvania at the time of the crash. He was down here for a flying lesson at the Easton Airport.

Fire crews from Cordova, Easton and Queen Anne-Hillsboro responded to the crash scene. Also responding were the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Talbot County EMS.

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