Brooklyn Pilot Crashes Small Plane at NJ Airport: Officials

The pilot declined medical attention for a minor injury

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014  |  Updated 6:34 AM EDT
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Pilot Crashes Small Plane at NJ Airport: Officials

Fairfield Police

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A Brooklyn pilot crashed a small plane while trying to land at a New Jersey airport Monday, police say. 

The single-engine Cesna Model 172 airplane touched down at the Essex County Airport in Fairfield just before 7 p.m., then suddenly veered off the runway to the left, striking a snow bank and then overturning, police said. 

The plane was piloted by Chaim Masri, 46, of Brooklyn, according to authorities. Masri declined medical attention for a minor injury to the leg. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

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