WESTMINSTER, MD (WJZ)– Two people have been pronounced dead in a small plane crash soon after take-off from a private air strip in Carroll County.

According to Maryland State Police, the pilot, 62-year-old Michael Kilpatrick, and a passenger, 56-year-old Robert Johnson, were in a 2006 Ultralight Quicksilver single engine plane that crashed shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.

The airplane crashed in an open field in the area of the 1200 block of Baugher Road in the Westminster area.  The pilot and the passenger were the only people in the plane at the time of the accident.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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