Reports of a small aircraft crashing Monday evening near the Potomac River in Frederick County were ruled unfounded after a lengthy search by rescue officials from several counties.

The Frederick County Emergency Communications Center took the first 911 calls at 7:53 p.m. Monday from people who reported seeing a low-flying aircraft heading east over U.S. 340 near exit 1. The callers said that they heard a crash and believed the plane had gone down in the area, according to Battalion Chief Kevin Fox, a spokesman for the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services.

First responders and rescue crews from Frederick, Washington and Montgomery counties in Maryland, as well as Jefferson County, West Virginia, and Loudoun County, Virginia, were sent to search the area.

“The initial report was a low-flying plane that they believe had crashed into the river or into the area around the river, so crews were out for several hours searching,” Fox said. “It was actually about 11:15 [p.m.] when the last of our units cleared and they declared it as unfounded.”

Fox said he was not aware of any notifications of any aircraft in distress in the area at the time of Monday’s search when reached for comment Wednesday.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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Angela Shirley


Angela Shirley

How many 911 calls were there? It is odd that multiple people called claiming to see a low flying plane and hear a crash, for it to be declares unfounded.

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