By Ryan Marshall
During a dark, stormy night in December 1963, a plane crashed in Elkton, changing the history of the town forever. The plane was circling the area because of a storm in Philadelphia when it was struck by lightning, said Mike Dixon, of the Historical Society of Cecil County.
Now, 49 years later, Arnold Scolnik, the brother of one of the crash’s victims, has finally received a little closure, he said. Scolnik, 76, and his fiancée, Allah, 47, married at the monument in Elkton that marks where the plane crashed. They wedded on June 7, his brother’s birthday. Elkton Mayor Joseph Fisona preformed the ceremony. “The only way I could put him into my memory was to get married on his birthday,” Scolnik, of Wallingford, Pa., said.
Pan American Flight 214 exploded in the air over Elkton because of a lightning strike that combined with air and fuel, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) report. It came to rest in a field off of East Pulaski Highway near current-day Delancy Road.