News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Police

Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating a fatal helicopter crash that occurred around noon Saturday near Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay.

The crash was reported at 12:18 p.m. and multiple jurisdictions responded. Natural Resources Police with assistance from the Maryland State Police, Anne Arundel County, Annapolis FireDepartment, United Communities Volunteer Fire Department, Talbot County Volunteer Fire Department and United States Coast Guard searched the area south of Bloody Point near Kent Point Marina. The wreckage was found at about 6 p.m. in about 55 feet of water.

The bodies of two victims were recovered. The pilot, Charles Knight, 38 of Mt. Airy, and passenger Matt Clarke, 36 of Pasadena, died in the crash. The state Medical Examiner’s office will conduct autopsies.

Natural Resources Police investigators are working with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration investigators to recover the wreckage.

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