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Pilot Killed After Small Plane Crash in South Jersey Woods

A pilot is dead after his small plane went down in a heavily-wooded area in southern Camden County, New Jersey, county officials said.

The Camden County Prosecutor's Office identified the pilot as 65-year-old David Sees of Marlton, New Jersey.

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David Sees, 65, of Marlton, New Jersey was killed in a small plane crash Saturday.

Sees' single-engine Cessna 150 crashed around 11:15 a.m. into the backyard of a home along the 600 block of Jackson Road in the Atco section of Waterford Township, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Ron Midili told NBC10 he heard the plane as it crashed to the ground.

"It sounded like something hit the road," Midili said.

The yellow-and-white-painted prop plane was left crumpled and crushed next to a large tree — feet from a in-ground pool. The fuselage was covered in flame-retardant foam.

"He was 150 feet from a residential area," said Waterford Township Police Chief Daniel Cormaney. "There was a fuel leakage from the tank." 

Sees died from his injuries. No one else was onboard the plane, according to officials.

The Camden County hazmat team was dispatched to the scene to assist in the rescue.

The FAA says it's not immediately clear what brought the plane down.

No one on the ground was injured, Keashen said. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office, FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are all investigating.

This is the third deadly small plane crash in New Jersey this week.

A single-engine plane went down into the Atlantic Ocean seven miles off the coast of Atlantic City on Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard searched the ocean for the plane, but suspended the mission after failing to find debris.

In North Jersey, a plane crashed Tuesday after taking off from Somerset Airport. It was not discovered until Thursday after the pilot was reported missing.

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