NTSB examining what caused small plane crash in Burlington County that killed 2

What's left of the plane is "unidentifiable."

Mike Dougherty
June 13, 2018 - 12:51 pm
a small plane crashed in Burlington County, New Jersey

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two are dead after a small plane crashed in Burlington County, New Jersey, Wednesday morning.

Fire and rescue crews responded to the scene near Smithville-Jacksonville and Monmouth roads in Easthampton Township after a twin engine Beechcraft Baron went down shortly after 9 a.m.

The plane departed for Hyannis, Massachusetts, with two men on board.

"Shortly after takeoff at the South Jersey Regional Airport," said New Jersey State Police Major Brian Polite, "there was an occurrence that caused the aircraft to crash. And that crash scene does take place on both sides of the road."

The plane struck some trees in a wooded area on the way down and landed in an open field. It is not clear what caused the plane to crash.

The police major said both occupants were pronounced dead on the scene. The aircraft also sustained serious damage.

"I'll say, the best words to put it is [the plane] is unidentifiable," he added.

A team of investigators from the NTSB came up from Washington, D.C., and they are now working to determine what exactly caused the crash. 

It's unclear at this time if there was a mayday call from the pilot prior to the crash.