New Jersey

2 Die as Small Plane Crashes in New Jersey

Aircraft crash along Smithville Jacksonville Road in Springfield, Burlington County leaves 2 dead & a line of debris

A small aircraft crashed across a rural New Jersey road Wednesday morning leaving two people dead.

The small plane crashed in a field around 9:30 a.m. off Smithville Jacksonville Road just north of Oxmead Road in Springfield Township, Burlington County, Springfield Township Mayor Denis McDaniel said.

Two people on board the twin-engine Hawker Beechcraft 58 Baron died, county and federal officials said. It's believed they were the only people aboard the plane.

It appeared the plane crashed on one side of Smithville Jacksonville Road, went across the and came in contact with trees over at least 200 feet before stopping. Video taken by witness Garrett Andrew Rodriguez-Maribona shows debris scattered along a roadway.

The crash left the aircraft "unidentifiable," state police said.

The plane disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff from South Jersey Regional Airport in Lumberton, which is about 10 miles southwest of the crash scene, New Jersey State Police said. The plane was headed to Massachusetts.

The plane didn't strike any structures on the ground, McDaniel said.

Smithville Jacksonville Road will be closed through the evening, police said.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

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