A pilot was killed after his ultralight aircraft crashed in the woods in Franklin Township, New Jersey, on Monday.
Franklin Township Police responded to Tuckahoe Road and Harding Highway at 12:54 p.m. for a report of a downed aircraft. When they arrived they found a single engine, ultralight aircraft that had crashed in the woods approximately ¼ of a mile north of the intersection.
Police found the pilot, Gerald Asselta, 64, of Vineland, New Jersey, underneath the aircraft. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Investigators said the aircraft had taken off in the area at a home in Vineland. Witnesses said they spotted it in the area of the Vineland-Downstown Airport before it crashed. Officials are unsure however if Asselta was trying to land at the airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the cause of the crash.