Pilot Killed After Crashing into a Home in Colonia
Colonia, NJ -- A 414A Cessna plane crashed into a home on Tuesday morning. The crash happened at 84 Berkley Avenue around 11:00 am.
Home security footage caught the whole incident as the plane fell from the sky. When the aircraft crashed, a fire erupted and destroyed the house instantly. Up to 200 firefighters from nine different fire stations helped battle the flames.
Only one person is reported to be on the plane, the pilot. The pilot is Mike Schloss from New York. He worked there as a cardiologist.
The flight began in Leesburg, Virginia, and had the destination of Linden Airport. That airport is only 3.5 miles away from where the plane went down. There is no reported distress call, but initial reports suggest that the plane went down due to engine failure.
There were no injuries on the ground. Thankfully, the people who owned the home the plane crashed into were away at the time.
The flames from the first home transferred to two other houses. Neighbors were running out into the street to see what happened. Most people heard the loud boom and felt the soundwave of the crash.
The Mayor of the Woodbridge Township, John McCormack, stated that this is an “all-hands-on-deck situation.”
The Cessna 414A has a wingspan of 44 feet and a length of 36 feet. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Association are investigating the cause of the accident.
We would like to express our condolences to those affected by this tragic plane crash. These types of accidents are all too common in New Jersey. Unfortunately, they take a lot of time and resources to investigate. Once the cause of the accident is determined and the person or party at fault is identified charges can be brought forward.
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