A tornado watch is in effect for portions of the Washington region.
The National Weather Service says the watch will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Monday for the District and Allegany, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.
The watch area also includes Arlington, Carroll, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Loudoun, Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Manassas in Virginia.
A screen capture of the plane that made an emergency landing at Dulles airport Feb. 28, 2011. (Image: NewsChopper 7)
A Continental Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport after a bird was sucked into one of its engines.
Continental flight 1559 had just taken off from Reagan National Airport en route to Houston and was heading south over the Potomac River when cadets waiting for class to start at the nearby D.C. fire training academy heard something go wrong.
"We heard a loud boom, looked up, saw the fire coming out of one of the engines on the aircraft," said Robert Small, one of the cadets.
Fearing the worst, fire academy instructors called dispatch to warn them of a possible plane crash and to send units.
Firefighter: Be advised we have a possible plane crash going southbound on 295.
Dispatcher: OK, you said possible plane crash on 295?
Firefighter: Affirmative. (Inaudible) We'll keep you advised.
According to Gene Ryan, there were "probably about 5 or 6 large balls of red flames coming out of the left engine and every time there was an explosion, the plane would tilt to the right."
On board, the flight crew remained calm, according to audio recordings of radio communications with Reagan National Airport air traffic controllers:
Pilot: We just hit some birds. We're losing our left engine.Air Traffic Control: Continental 1559, you said you're losing left engine?
Pilot: We're losing our number 1 engine. We're going to have to go over to Dulles.
Air Traffic Control: Continental 1559, are you declaring an emergency?
Pilot: Yes sir, we are.
As the plane made its way to Dulles, the fire cadets lost sight of it, hoping it would land safely
"Then we lost it over the trees," recalled Wayne Drapeu, who could only think: "I'm glad I'm not sitting on that plane."
The plane landed safely at Dulles. None of the 44 passengers was hurt, nor was any crew member.
Two people are in serious condition after a crash early Monday morning in Prince George’s County.
Emergency crews found a car in the woods around 2:45 a.m. along Crain Highway, Prince George's fire officials say. The victims had to extricated from the car and medevac’d to a local hospital.
Officials say one of the victims’, a 30-year-old man, airway was obstructed. When crews arrived, he was conscious and unaware he had been in an accident. The other victim has not been identified, but police say their injuries are serious.
UPDATE 6:18 a.m.: All lanes of Key Bridge have reopened, AP reports.
A D.C. officer is in stable condition after he was struck by a vehicle while investigating an accident on the Francis Scott Key Bridge, police say.
Authorities say the initial crash occured around 10:50 p.m. Sunday. About an hour later, police say, the officer was directing traffic around the accident when he was hit from behind by another vehicle. Upon impact, he was thrown into the windshield of the vehicle. The striking vehicle remained on the scene.
Police say the officer sustained head injuries, but is alert and in stable condition at George Washington Hospital.
As of 4:06 a.m. Monday, the Key Bridge remains closed in both directions.
Authorities say the Metropolitan Police Department has requested that the driver of the striking vehicle undergo a sobriety test.
A D.C. police detective received a suspended sentence Friday after being convicted of simple assault and fleeing a law enforcement officer at trial last month, officials announced.
William J. Witkowski, 47, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. The judge also sentenced Witkowski to 21 days in jail, but suspended the jail time.
Witkowski was also ordered to pay $500 to a fund for victims of violent crimes.
Prosecutors say Witkowski, while off-duty, attacked a man who was parked in a no parking area on June 26, 2010, in the Columbia Heights area.
An on-duty D.C. police officer drove by and attempted to talk to Witkowski, but he drove off, prosecutors said.
A police spokeswoman said Det. Witkowski has been placed on "non-contact status."
Fire officials say unattended cooking led to a fire at a home in Oxon Hill that left fifteen people – 10 adults and 5 kids – displaced.
Flames broke out around 8:45 a.m. Thursday in the 100 block of Seneca Drive in Forest Heights, summoning about 45 firefighters and medics to the scene. Upon arrival, officials say, heavy fire was on the first and second floors. Five residents were home when it started and got out safely. It took about 15 to 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze.
Officials say 15 people normally occupy the house. The Fire Department's Citizen Services Unit and the American Red Cross are helping the adults and children with temporary shelter.