A plane lands on the lawn just a mile from the airport

A small plane crashed into the lawn of a home in Manville, New Jersey, on Monday.

One person was injured after the 2006 single-engine Mooney M20M crashed from Greensboro, North Carolina, WABC-TV reported. The plane crashed in front of a house a few meters from Jersey Central Airport in Hillsborough Township, WNBC-TV added.

Smaller aircraft have reported higher accident rates overall than commercial aircraft. For example, 2017 was the safest year on record for air travel, with no fatalities on a passenger plane, but for general aviation – which includes small planes – the National Transportation Safety Board recorded 346 fatalities. that year, according to Executive Flyers.

Pictures of the small plane posted on Twitter on Monday showed heavy damage to the nose as smoke billowed from the crash site. His tail rested on several bushes on the lawn. A car in a driveway also appears to have been damaged in the crash.

A small plane crashed into the lawn of a New Jersey home. Above, the damaged plane in front of the house is pictured on April 4 in Manville, New Jersey.
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The plane knocked down power lines on its way down, forcing authorities to shut down part of South Main Street near where the incident happened, according to WABC. The report adds that a person who was on board the plane was hospitalized with facial injuries. In an email to Newsweek, John Bentz, Manville’s director of emergency management, said the injuries were not life-threatening.

The weather in Manville, although partly cloudy, had no precipitation or strong winds on Monday, according to Weather Channel.

Bentz said the Federal Aviation Administration, Manville Police Department, Manville Fire Department, Hillsborough Fire Company 2, Somerset County Hazmat and PSE&G Electric were all at the scene of the crash. An investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.

Jersey Central Airport is a private facility for public use with two runways. The airport could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to Executive Flyers, there are several reasons why small planes are less safe than commercial planes. Recreational and sport pilot licenses require fewer flight hours to obtain, requiring 30 and 20 hours respectively, compared to the 190–250 hours required for a commercial pilot license. Larger aircraft also have more safety systems in place and are less vulnerable to turbulence, weather and bird strikes.

Monday’s incident follows several other small plane crashes that have captured national attention in recent months. In North Carolina, a small plane and a tractor-trailer collided on Interstate 85 on February 16, killing the pilot. On February 13, four teenagers were among eight people killed when a plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina, and a week earlier American skateboarder and content creator Josh Neuman was one of four people killed after a small plane crashed into the lake. Thingvallavatn in Iceland.

The Manville Fire Department did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.

Update 4/4/22 3:20 PM ET: This story has been updated to add more information and context.

Plane crashes in New Jersey
Authorities say a small plane crashed into the front yard of a New Jersey home, leaving a person on the plane injured. Above, emergency personnel work to remove the plane that crashed in a residential area of ​​Manville, New Jersey on April 4.
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