Teenage pilot escapes fiery plane crash at Old Bridge Airport in New Jersey

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OLD BRIDGE – A 17-year-old student pilot walked away from a small plane crash late Sunday afternoon.

Police Chief Joseph Mandola said the Cessna Skyhawk II crashed and ignited during an attempted landing around 4:45 p.m. at Old Bridge Airport.

The pilot, the only person on board, was not seriously injured and was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment of cuts and bruises.

Small plane makes first landing just before crashing at Old Bridge Airport 11/21/21 (RV12 pilot via YouTube)
Small plane takes off again after initial landing just before crashing at Old Bridge Airport 11/21/21 (RV12 pilot via YouTube)

Video of the crash posted by an avid flyer shows the plane landing briefly on a runway, taking off again and then crashing into its wing. A plume of smoke can be seen coming from the aircraft.

“Get out, get out, get out! Run, run, run, run,” a male voice said to the pilot.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Small plane in the air after initial landing just before crashing at Old Bridge Airport 11/21/21 (RV12 pilot via YouTube)
Small plane just before crashing at Old Bridge Airport 11/21/21 (RV12 pilot via YouTube)
Small plane just before crashing at Old Bridge Airport 11/21/21 (RV12 pilot via YouTube)

FAA records show the plane is registered in an owner’s name in Jackson. The file shows the owner’s name as the aircraft registration number.

Old Bridge Airport is a municipal airport located in Old Bridge, adjacent to Raceway Park, with a mailing address in Englishtown.

Small plane crashes at Old Bridge Airport 11/21/21 (RV12 driver via YouTube)
Small plane on fire after crashing at Old Bridge Airport 11/21/21 (RV12 pilot via YouTube)

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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