Two men were injured Sunday afternoon in a single-engine plane crash near Fort George G. Meade.
Jeffry Barnett, 57, of Glen Burnie, was piloting the 1970 American AA-1 when it crashed shortly after taking off from Tipton Airport around 2 p.m.
Barnett and his passenger, 82-year-old Thomas L. Cline of Silver Spring, were flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Maryland State Police said federal officials are taking over the investigation into the cause of the crash.
The crash site is about a quarter mile from Bald Eagle Drive and the Patuxent Research Refuge. Emergency vehicles and personnel accessed the site by crossing a muddy field, through high grass and trees.
The plane was upside-down when it was found.
Barnett and Cline were extricated from the wreckage within 50 minutes and flown by helicopter to Shock Trauma. Both were conscious and speaking with emergency personnel, said Anne Arundel County fire department spokesman Capt. Michael Pfaltzgraff.
"We're glad they didn't suffer more serious injuries," Pfaltzgraff said.
A line of ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles sat at the edge of the refuge as the two men were removed from the plane. Although fuel did spill, the plane didn't catch fire, Pfaltzgraff said.
Kaitlyn Baligush, an intern at the refuge, said she was the only staff member on duty when she was alerted about the crash by a visitor. She waited anxiously by the county fire department's incident command station as the extrications took place.
"I'm a little shaky right now," she said.
Calls to the Federal Aviation Administration were not immediately returned Sunday afternoon.