Pilot dead after plane crashes into NJ house 4 miles from airport

Samantha Liebman
October 29, 2019 - 7:33 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) –  A small plane crashed and exploded in a residential neighborhood in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City Tuesday morning, leaving its pilot dead and setting two houses on fire.

The pilot was identified as Dr. Michael Schloss, 74, a cardiologist with a Manhattan practice.

White smoke still rose in the afternoon from the house in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township where a twin-engine Cessna 414 went down _ just several hundred yards from Claremont Avenue Elementary School _ at 11 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said.

No one was in that home, whose second floor was nearly completely cut off, but flames spread to another house, where a woman escaped injury, Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac said. He does not believe anyone on the ground was injured.

John Hagerty, a spokesman for the township, said the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the unidentified male pilot was killed in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

The flight had left Leesburg, Virginia, with only the pilot aboard, authorities said. It had been headed to Linden Airport, about 4 miles from the crash site.

The wreckage, and presumably the pilot, remained lodged in the basement of the house the plane hit, authorities said.

The weather in the area was cloudy and misty at the time of the crash.

The fires have been brought under control, the mayor said.

 The neighborhood of well-kept, one- and two-story houses is nestled between a golf course and an elementary school, and not far from a New Jersey Transit rail line.

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