1 hurt when small plane crashes into New Jersey neighborhood

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
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One person was injured when a small plane crashed in a Manville, New Jersey, neighborhood early Monday afternoon.

MANVILLE, New Jersey (WABC) -- One person was injured when a small plane crashed in a New Jersey neighborhood early Monday afternoon, just a few hundred yards from the airport where the pilot was intending to land.

The 2006 single engine Mooney M20M originated out of Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, was en route to Central Jersey Airport in Hillsborough Township when it went down on South Main Street in Manville, bringing down power lines and coming to rest on the front lawns of two homes.

"It seems like the landing went bad," Manville police Lieutenant John Crater said. "I don't know if it's because of wind or mechanical error, but he attempted to land and then abandoned that landing, and then somehow hit a tree and got spun around."

The pilot amazingly missed all the houses and was able to walk away from the crash.

His plane came to rest within 100 feet of two homes.

He was taken to the hospital with facial injuries.

"I was in the house, and all the sudden I heard this explosion," area resident Donna Schultz said. "I ran down to the cellar, I thought my furnace blew up. And I looked around, and then I went out side to see what was going on, and all my neighbors go, 'We have no electricity.' So then my one neighbor came in the back, and he said, 'Oh, there was a plane crash.'"

An investigation is underway into exactly what went wrong.

Parts of South Main Street were closed due to the downed wires, though electricity has since been restored to residents.

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