Banner Plane Crashes Near Jersey Shore

By Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011  |  Updated 5:43 PM EDT
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Banner Plane Crashes Near Jersey Shore

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The plane crashed in Egg Harbor Township.

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A pilot was trapped and badly hurt after crashing a small banner plane in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Tuesday afternoon.

The aircraft crashed just before 3 p.m. at a small grass airfield off Steelmanville Road, according to the Egg Harbor Township Police.

Jason Flood, 20, of Franklinville, N.J. was at the controls when he crashed the fixed wing, single-engine aircraft, officials said.

He was attempting to pick up a banner at the field but missed. On his way back around he lost control or had a mechanical failure causing the plane to crash into dense brush, cops said.

There was extensive damage to the cockpit and Flood was trapped inside the Bellanca 8GCBC, authorities said.

After 40 minutes he was freed and rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, according to fire officials.

It wasn’t clear what caused the plane to lose altitude and crash.

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