MARCH 9, 2017
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (WPVI) --
Authorities are investigating a small plane crash in Mercer County that left a pilot injured.
It happened before 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Trenton Robbinsville Airport on Sharon Road.
Police say the pilot of a single engine plane was trying to land and lost control.
The plane ended up a wooded area adjacent to the runway.
Video from Chopper 6 HD showed one wing partially separated from plane's fuselage.
The pilot, who was alone in the plane, was taken to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton with injuries described as minor.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the crash.
N237PM Aircraft Registration
2015 PEDERSEN BJARNE MARTIN SPORTSMAN GS-2
Fixed wing single engine
(4 seats / 1 engine)
NEW YORK , NY, US
THIELERT TAE125-02-114 (Reciprocating)
Less than 12,500lbs
Mode S Code
050421722 / A223D2
Glasair Sportsman GS-2
C/n / msn: 7423
Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location: Trenton-Robbinsville Airport (N87), Robbinsville, NJ - United States of America
Destination airport: Trenton-Robbinsville (N87)
The aircraft, an experimental Pedersen built Sportsman GS-2, experienced a runway excursion and subsequent impact with trees upon landing at Trenton-Robbinsville Airport (N87) in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot onboard received undetermined injuries.
========= By Kevin Shea | For NJ.com
on March 09, 2017 at 2:00 PM, updated March 09, 2017 at 3:54 PM
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- A small plane crashed into a wooded area near a runway while trying to land at Robbinsville Airport Thursday afternoon, police said.
The pilot, identified only as a 79-year-old man, was the only person on board and had injuries to his face in the 1:10 p.m. crash, police spokesman Lt. Michael Polaski said.
He was out of the plane when first responders arrived at the scene and was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment.
Polaski said the pilot was approaching the airport from the west in a home-built plane when he suddenly lost control and crashed south of the landing strip. The runway runs parallel to Sharon Road.
The plane is a Sportsman GS-2 registered to Bjarne Martin Pedersen, of New York, N.Y., Federal Aviation Administration records show.
Police said they could not confirm if Pedersen was the pilot.
The plane is manufactured in kit form by Glasair Aviation, and then assembled by the owner, the company says.
The crash also caused a fuel spill at the scene, police said. The Robbinsville Fire Department also responded.
Federal aviation authorities were notified of the crash and are investigating, police said.