2 People Walk Away From Small Plane Crash at N.J. Airport

May 2, 2022

Two occupants of a single-engine airplane escaped injury Sunday evening when it crashed at Ocean County Airport, officials said.

The plane, a Cessna 172, went down at about 6 p.m. at the airport off Route 530 in Berkeley Township, which is also known as Robert J. Miller Airpark, the the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA) said. The plane had taken off from Old Bridge Airport in Old Bridge.

The Cessna had two people aboard who were not injured, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy said. Berkeley police told the Asbury Park Press they were a pilot and a flight instructor.

Photos from the scene showed the plane upside down on its nose, leaning against a fence with its tail ripped off.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, will investigate the incident, the FAA said.

The incident was the second in New Jersey Sunday involving an aircraft emergency. At about 11 a.m., a small plane flying from Massachusetts to Maryland made an emergency landing at Teterboro Airport in Bergen County when the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

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