Pilot Burned, Small Plane Destroyed in Fire While Taxiing at N.J. Airport

July 11, 2022

A small plane caught fire and a pilot suffered burns while taxiing at Linden Airport on Sunday afternoon.

The plane was a single-engine Sonex, a homebuilt aircraft, the FAA said. The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. and the pilot was the only person on board, the FAA said.

“The sole occupant of the plane, a 40-year-old Brooklyn resident, exited the plane before emergency personnel arrived,” Linden Fire Department Chief William Hasko said in a statement. “He was transported to St. Barnabas burn center with serious burns to arms and extremities.”

Video from the scene showed firefighters hosing down the charred wreckage of the white and yellow plane, with just the tail and right wing still intact. Hasko said the plane was built in 2003.

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