2 dead in New Jersey from small plane crash

Authorities say two men were killed when a small plane crashed on Wednesday morning in a rural part of southern New Jersey.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the aircraft went down Wednesday morning shortly after 9 a.m. near Smithville Jacksonville Road, in Springfield Township, in Burlington County.   

The FAA is investigating the crash. The names of the two victims, who were the only people believed to have been aboard the plane, were not released.

The twin-engine Hawker Beechcraft Baron 58 had taken off around 9 a.m. from South Jersey Regional Airport in Lumberton, about 10 miles southwest of the crash scene.

Garrett Andrew Rodriguez-Maribona, who was at the scene shortly after the crash occurred, told reporters that he and another man tried to see if there were any survivors but soon realized there were not.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Hawker Beechcraft 58 Baron aircraft went down Wednesday morning in Springfield Township.

The plane was headed to Hyannis, Massachusetts, State Police Maj. Brian Polite told reporters. No one was else on board the downed aircraft.


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