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Md. Residents Recall Deadly Elkton Plane Crash

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

As the investigation continues into Asiana Flight 214, many Maryland residents recall memories of a plane that crashed 50 years ago in Cecil County.

Remembered as the worst plane crash in the state's history, Pan Am Flight 214 crashed on December 8, 1963 in Elkton, Maryland, after it was struck by lightning. All 81 people on board were killed.

At the Cecil County Historical Society, the tragedy is well-documented through newspaper clippings, pictures and copies of death certificates for the passengers.  But the most compelling memories come from the eyewitness accounts of those who responded to the scene.

Don Hash was a state trooper at the time and was the first to respond to the crash site after watching the plane nose dive to the ground.

"I recall vividly seeing the lightning come out across the sky and seconds later the aircraft coming down out of the clouds, engulfed in a large orange ball of fire," Hash said.

While the crash site is now an overgrown field with a small marker, local historians are planning a special memorial this December.

Md. Residents Recall Deadly Elkton Plane Crash

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