Odenton, MD –  A pilot and his passenger were struck inside a small plane hanging 50 feet above the ground after it landed in trees in Anne Arundel County.

Maryland State Police say that around 6:15 p.m. on Monday evening a Sonata Tampico piloted by Thomas Falk, 55, of Silver Spring, landed in the trees in the area of Bald Eagle Road and Maryland Route 198.

Falk and his passenger,James Palazak, 59, Columbia, were both still inside the plan when emergency responders arrived on the scene.

Both men were taken to he R Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The preliminary investigation indicates the plane may have had engine failure.

State Police have notified officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.  Those agencies will be responsible for investigating the cause of the crash.

State troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack responded to the scene. Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel and police officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department also responded for assistance. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.