Small plane crashes in Camden County; 2 injured

Casey Mills
October 20, 2016

McCaffery told the USA TODAY Network he rented the plane to Wayne Gilchrist of DE, who said he planned to go flying in New Jersey with a friend.

LINDENWOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two men were injured when a small plane crashed behind a home in Camden County.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, police and fire officials said the small aircraft, an Ercoupe 415-C, essentially split in half when it crashed and flipped over, leaving the adult male pilot and passenger hanging upside down. Police said they are expected to survive and their injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening.

Pullella said it was not the crash but the sounds of the emergency vehicles reporting to the scene that drew his attention.

At first, local businesswoman Lena Pullella and her husband didn't realize the white-and-blue plane had crashed three houses away from their restaurant, Pullella's Pizza Parlor.

"I was shocked", she said. "There are so many houses and trees around here but somehow it managed to miss like everything".

County Hazmat officials are on the scene and the FAA has been notified.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane took off from Flying W Airport in Medford prior to the crash.

The plane model was first manufactured before World War II by the Engineering and Research Corp., and then into the 1960s by a variety of companies, according to the website of the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

According to FAA records, the downed aircraft is registered to Daniel Lee McCaffery, of Chesapeake City, Maryland.

It was not known if he was on board.

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