Victims Identified in Deadly Plane Crash

NTSB probes south Jersey plane crash

By NBC10.com Staff and Wire Reports
|  Monday, May 12, 2014  |  Updated 2:18 PM EDT
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Victims Identified in Deadly Plane Crash

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The foggy scene in Hamilton Township, N.J. near where a small plane crashed Friday night, killing one person.

Hamilton Police Department released the names of victims of a Friday night airplane crash in rural area of Atlantic County, N.J.  One person was killed and another on board a was injured and had to be freed by rescue crews. Miraculously two others apparently escaped injury and were able to walk away on their own.

The pilot was identified as Peter Kosogorin, 45 of Tall Timbers, MD. The passengers were identified as Alec Lewis, 23, of California, MD, Cheyne Austin, 23 of Lexington Park, MD and Morgan Smith, 28 of Lexington Park, MD. 

Kosogorin and Austin remain hospitalized at Atlantic City Medical Center Trauma Division. Lewis was treated and released. Morgan Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are trying to determine what caused a deadly small plane crash

The Navion-G single-engine aircraft was approaching Atlantic City International Airport when the pilot reported engine problems. The plane crashed in a wooded lot on Paddock Street in Hamilton Township on Friday night.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson tells The Press of Atlantic City all the wreckage and components will be removed so investigators can study it.

Lisa Liepe, whose farm is right near the crash site, told NBC10.com her family did not hear the crash, but that the visibility is very poor.

"It's very foggy down here and you can't see anything," she said.

NBC10 First Alert Weather Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said a Dense Fog Advisory was issued around 9 p.m. for portions of Atlantic County and other towns along the Jersey Shore. She said visibility was down to a half mile or worse in some spots.

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