Small Plane Crashes In Northern New Jersey

LINCOLN PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A small plane crashed while trying to land at a northern New Jersey airport Thursday morning, injuring its pilot.

The craft came down near Lincoln Park Airport in Morris County, according to police and the Federal Aviation Administration. It came to rest near the parking lot of a garden store, where employees witnessed an injured man being pulled from the wreckage.

WCBS 880 Reporter Peter Haskell spoke to a witness of the crash.

“It was an older gentleman, he was yelling, in pain,” said Nancy Bartlett, an office manager employed by Gro-Rite Greenhouse and Garden Center. “By the time we walked out there to see how it was going, there were police and an ambulance there, and then they pushed us all back because of a fuel leak. Then they took the guy out.”

The pilot, 61-year-old Leslie Gwyn-Williams of nearby Verona, is also the plane’s owner, according to Pequannock Police Lt. Dan Dooley.

According to Dooley, Gwyn-Williams had taken off from Morristown Memorial Airport and was scheduled to pick someone up at Lincoln Park Airport when he lost engine power on his approach and clipped a few trees before crashing at about 11:30 a.m.

Gwyn-Williams suffered multiple leg fractures, facial injuries and internal injuries and was conscious when rescuers arrived. He was taken by helicopter to Morristown Memorial Hospital, Dooley said.

Lincoln Park Airport is about 20 miles northwest of New York City. In 2008, a small plane carrying two people lost control on landing, hit a fence and guide rail at one end of the runway and ended up on a nearby road. In 2007, a plane took off and hit a power line before coming down on its belly and catching fire on the front lawn of a house in nearby Pompton Plains.

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  • Rationalist

    In order here:
    This wasn’t terrorist related.
    If it was, New Jerksey deserves it.

  • cgw wasn’t terrorism related…read the @#$%^& article. He is a damn good pilot and at this point nobody knows how this ACCIDENT happened.

  • Danny

    This was not an act of terrorism. The pilot, Les Gwyn-Williams, is a pharmacist (and licensed oilot), He works for Terry’s Family Pharmacy in Verona, NJ.
    Sad. I wish him well.

  • Jess Ackerman

    I think terrorists could do better than a small personal plane… crashing into nowhere

  • Hornet Montana

    Name some targets in Morris County and the reasons, D.

  • dookie

    Any word yet if this is terrorist related? Morris County has always been a prime target.

  • Hornet Montana

    Morris County is home to approximately 488,000 people.
    So everyone, watch out.

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