Teterboro Plane Crash: Two Injured
A small plane scheduled to land at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey crashed on Route 46 just after 3 a.m. on Friday, breaking apart and bursting into flames. The two occupants, pilot and co-pilot, suffered serious burns and broken bones, but no one on the ground was injured, according to federal authorities.
The pilot, George Maddox, was listed in critical condition, and the co-pilot, Sanil Gopinath, was listed in serious condition. They have been taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.
The plane was carrying blood specimens for Quest Diagnostics...medical specimens to a lab at Teterboro that serves the New York metropolitan area.
Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane mistakenly tried to land at the intersection of the airport’s two crisscrossing runways instead of at the beginning of the correct runway. “He attempted to execute a missed approach, and it appears as if he hit some trees and then went off the airport and into the parking lot of the warehouse,” Mr. Peters said.
"I saw a lot of pieces sticking up, maybe the tail, and a lot of police activity," said resident Leslie Schur Gottlieb, who drove by this morning. "Amazing no one was killed and a good thing the crash happened early in the A.M."
The crash was the second one involving Teterboro Airport in the past two weeks. Earlier this month, there was a mid-air collision over Hudson River between a single-engine plane and a sightseeing helicopter, killing all nine people aboard the two aircraft.