On Sunday morning, a small plane with five people on board made an emergency landing on a New Jersey highway. According to a press release from the Stafford Township Police Department, at 10:13 a.m. officers were called to an area near the intersection of Route 9 and Route 72 for a reported, “small plane down.”
Stafford Police stated the small, single engine plane with five people from the Skydive East Coast Sky Diving School on board went down after losing power. After falling out of the sky, the plane landed in the median, “between the east and west bound lanes of Route 72,” according to the press release. Authorities blocked one lane of the road near the Garden State Parkway.
Before officers arrived at the scene, traffic was reported by a local radio station to be coming to a halt near a Home Depot off Garden State Parkway, where the pilot was beginning to make his emergency landing. Police stated one passenger, a sky dive instructor, was treated at the scene for a minor cut on his arm.
There were no reports of other injuries to those on board or on the ground. No vehicles were damaged during the incident. The FAA is currently investigating the why the pilot needed to make an emergency landing.
By Alex Lemieux
WPG Talk Radio 1450 AM: Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Stafford Township
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