BAYONNE — A small plane crashed in Bayonne on Avenue E between 41st and 42nd Streets on the morning of Sunday, February 19, injuring the pilot and causing damage to several vehicles and wires, according to the Bayonne Police Department. The pilot was taken to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment, the BPD confirmed; no one else was injured.
The crash remains under investigation. That block of Avenue E will remain closed until the investigation is complete and debris is removed from the road.
The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management tweeted notice of the crash at 10:20 a.m., while another tweet from a Bayonne resident showed parts of the plane and front-end damage to a car.
The plane narrowly missed a Shell gas station. “It would have been a different story if the plane crashed just seconds earlier.” reports NJ.com.
— Kemberly Richardson (@kemrichardson7) February 19, 2017
A piece of the plane nearly 3-feet long fell into the lot of the gas station inches from one of the gas pumps. Faisal Noor was working at the gas station when the plane went down a few feet from where he stood.
“My heart,” Noor recalled. “It stopped.”
As he was running towards the convenience store for safety part of the plane fell into the station’s lot and bounced off of the storefront window.
The residents of Bayonne were dismayed and grateful to find out the pilot was still alive. Many of them posting tweets about the incident.
— Mo’ Bounce (@RadioMoBounce) February 19, 2017
Mayor Jimmy Davis said at the scene of the crash, “Thank God for him and his family…For us, thank god for him landing on the ground and no one is hurt. All we have is damage.”
Bridgit Stoffer of Firefighting News contributed to this report.
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