State police say a 75-year-old Beachwood man was killed when his small plane crashed in the Bass River State Forest in Burlington County.
Trooper Alejandro Goez identified the pilot as William Lindley. He says the Federal Aviation Administration is leading the investigation of the crash.
Authorities say the Ryan Navion plane had departed from Salisbury, Maryland on Saturday but failed to arrive at Ocean County Airport in New Jersey on Saturday night as scheduled.
After attempts to communicate with the pilot were unsuccessful, his cellphone was tracked to the area where the plane was found. A multiagency search began Sunday morning and a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the plane a few hours later.
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It's not clear if Lindley was alone in the plane.