2 people killed in a Mooney M20J small plane crash at Sky Manor Airport in Alexandria Township, New Jersey
State police say two people were killed when a small plane crashed at a New Jersey airport. (WPVI)
Updated 2 hrs 18 mins ago
ALEXANDRIA TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- State police say two people were killed when a small plane crashed at a New Jersey airport.
The crash at Sky Manor Airport in Alexandria Township occurred around 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash. No one on the ground was injured. The victims were not identified.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said the Mooney M20 plane stalled while trying to land and crashed into a field.
State police and the FAA will investigate the crash.
The New Jersey crash comes the same day as officials near Buffalo, New York, announced fatalities after two small planes collided in the air and crashed in North Collins.
By Myles Ma and Greg Wright | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on September 25, 2016 at 1:20 PM, updated September 25, 2016 at 7:52 PM
ALEXANDRIA, NEW JERSEY — Two people died in a plane crash in a grassy field near Sky Manor Airport Sunday afternoon, police said.
The Federal Aviation Administration identified the plane as a Mooney M20 that crashed in a residential neighborhood about half a mile southwest of the runway at the small municipal airport.
"At 12:29 p.m. Hunterdon County 911 Dispatch Center received a call of an aircraft down," Hunterdon County Chief of Detectives John Kuczynski said.
"The aircraft was apparently coming in for a landing and subsequently witnesses saw the aircraft go down," Kuczynski said,
Both the pilot and the passenger died at the scene of the crash, according to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office. Neither victim was identified.
There was no damage to any property near Sky Manor and Oak Summit roads, where the plane was recovered, the prosecutor said.
The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate the crash, the prosecutor said.
Alexia Hughes, a Bucks County, Pa. resident, said she was part of a large crowd watching planes take off and land outside the Sky Cafe restaurant at the airport. They saw a small plane try to land and come in too fast.
"Instead of aborting the landing, he continued to try to land and ran out of runway," she said.
The plane then pulled up, barely clearing trees at the end of the runway, Hughes said. It tilted up and to the left before losing lift and crashing.
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|Airplane damage:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
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|Sky Manor Airport (N40)|
Crashed about 1mi from the airfield during an aborted landing.