Police were still on the scene Saturday of a plane crash that left one dead and at least one injured Friday night in Hamilton Township.

The plane, a Navion G aircraft, crashed in woods behind a home near Cologne Avenue and Paddock Street about 8:30 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Two of four people on board were able to walk away; rescue crews removed the other two, authorities said. The extent of injuries for the survivors was not available. Their identities had not yet been released Saturday.

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The pilot was approaching Runway 13 of the Atlantic City International Airport when he reported engine problems, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Saturday.

On Saturday, Hamilton Township resident Greg Meyer, 53, who is a pilot, cycled past the scene after reading media reports.

“This area is right in the approach to the airport,” he said. “Runway 13 is a large runway a lot of small and large planes use.”

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the aircraft had a serial number NAV-4-2473.

According to the FAA registry database, the plane was a single-engine Navion G manufactured in 1962. It was registered to RTD Aviation LLC, of Wilmington, Del. Messages left at two phone numbers associated with the company were not returned Saturday.

Knudson said an aircraft recovery company would arrive late Saturday with plans to remove the wreckage by Sunday evening. The crash did not result in a fire, he said.

He said an inspector will be on the scene with a preliminary report expected within five to 10 business days.

The crash site was calm Saturday morning, with just a few police vehicles parked in the driveway of a private residence. It was a stark contrast to Friday evening, when EMTs and firefighters worked late into the night. A number of observers gathered near the site.

Jim Keefer, a nearby resident, said he heard three loud bangs and thought it was just a truck in the area.

Another resident in the area, Robert Boisvert, said he heard a funny sound — like splitting wood — but he didn't see anything.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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