HAMMONTON — A small plane crash at Hammonton Municipal Airport Friday morning led to one minor injury, police said.
Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman in the FAA’s New York City office, said the crash occurred at about 11:20 a.m when a twin-engine Cessna aircraft, also known as a C-414, skidded off Runway 3 as it was landing.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation reported that the plane was engulfed in flames. The FAA is investigating the crash and restricted access to the airport, Salac said.
The pilot, Luis Terry, 53, of Damascus, Md., and co-pilot, Vladislav Ackerman, 29, of Arlington, Va., were able to escape the plane, Hammonton Police Sgt. Edward Slimm said. Ackerman suffered minor injuries and might need some stitches, Slimm said, though both refused treatment at the scene.
Police Capt. Nick Salvatore said that the plane, which was manufactured in 1977, was en route from Maryland and coming to Hammonton for repair work.
“It went barely off the runway and into the first row of trees, which is why the engine caught fire because it hit a tree,” Salvatore said.
“There was a small fire, but everyone is safe,” Mayor Steve DiDonato said.
Bob Pinto, principal of the airport's operator Staraero Partners Group, declined to comment, saying he wasn't at the airport when the incident happened.
The airport was the site of a 2011 mid-air collision that left one pilot dead and another critically injured. A National Transportation Safety Board report found that pilot error had contributed to that crash.
The NTSB investigates every civil aviation accident and many other transportation-related incidents.
Staff Writers Jennifer Bogdan and Wallace McKelvey contributed to this report.
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