UPDATED – 5/5/19 9am – The bodies of two victims who were in a helicopter that crashed south of Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay Saturday afternoon have been recovered. Maryland Natural Resources Police say the wreckage was found around 6pm in about 55 feet of water. The victims are identified as the pilot – 38 year old Charles Knight of Mount Airy and passenger – 36 year old Matt Clark of Pasadena. The Maryland medical examiner’s office will conduct autopsies. The NTSB & FAA are investigating.
UPDATED – 5/5/19 – 5:45am – FoxNews is reporting that the bodies of two men who were aboard a helicopter that crashed Saturday afternoon south of Kent Island have been recovered. The men have been identified as the pilot – 38 year old Charles Knight of Mount Airy and passenger – 36 year old Matt Clark of Pasadena. The Coast Guard was notified of the crash around 12:30 Saturday afternoon and began to search after finding wreckage from the helicopter in the water.
The Coast Guard, along with state and local partners, is searching for two men near the site of a helicopter crash near Maryland’s Eastern Bay, Saturday afternoon. Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region watchstanders received a report at about 12:30pm that a two-seat light helicopter with two men aboard crashed about 1 mile south of Kent Island.
A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis and a boat crew with Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-1 launched to search for the two men. Personnel with the following agencies are also responding:
- National Transportation Safety Board
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Maryland National Resources Police
- Queen Anne’s County Fire Department
- Talbot County Fire Department
- Anne Arundel County Fire Department Dive Team
The on-scene weather was reported as 5 to 10 knot winds, 1 foot seas and a water temperature of 62 degrees.The cause of the helicopter crash is unknown.
If anyone sees anything in the vicinity south of Kent Island, it is requested that they contact the Sector Maryland-National Capital Region on VHF-FM channel 16 or at 410-576-2525.