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Small Plane Crashes While Trying to Land at New Jersey Airport: Police

Two people who were on the plane appeared unharmed and refused treatment, police said

A small plane crashed on the runway of a New Jersey airport while attempting to land, police said.

The 1985 Beech F33A fixed-wing, single engine plane crashed on runway 10 at Essex County Airport around 12:15 p.m., the Fairfield Police Department said.

The plane is believed to have clipped a tree while attempting to land, police said. The pilot, 46-year-old pilot Tal Kienan, also reported experiencing engine problems.

Kienan and his wife were the only people aboard the plane, according to The Associated Press. They appeared to be unharmed and refused medical treatment, police said.

The airport was temporarily shut down to check for downed wires, The Hackensack Daily Voice reported.

The airport did not comment on the crash.

Last August, a 50-year-old who was flying a plane that took off from Essex County Airport was killed when the aircraft malfunctioned and crashed near a northern New Jersey school.

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