WOODBINE — An 85-year-old man with decades of pilot experience died in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon at the Woodbine Airport, State Police said.

State Police identified the man Tuesday night as Wayne Rumble, of the Marmora section of Upper Township.

Previous Press stories identify Rumble as the maintenance manager at the airport, a position he’d held since 1998. He had been a pilot since 1950 and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

The small, general aviation airport owned by the borough is used mainly for instructional purposes, Mayor Bill Pikolycky said. It houses 60 to 80 single-engine planes year-round.

The plane was a single-engine Mooney M20C fixed wing, State Police said. The wreckage will stay in place overnight.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

The airport remains closed.

Marcello Mirabelli, of Ocean View, a pilot who has kept his plane at the Woodbine Airport for three years, said he arrived at the airport Tuesday with the intention to fly to Connecticut.

“I got here and I saw all the commotion, so I drove down there and I knew exactly who it was when I saw the plane,” Mirabelli said. “It’s just awful that this happened.”

In 2009, a 53-year-old father and his 12-year-old son were killed in a plane crash at the airport. The plane crashed 10 minutes after takeoff.

Staff Writer Erin Serpico contributed to this report.

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