Crews find small plane that crashed in Pine Barrens

    Authorities located a small place Sunday afternoon that crashed in the Bass River State Forest. (Image: Google Maps)

    Authorities located a small place Sunday afternoon that crashed in the Bass River State Forest. (Image: Google Maps)

    State police say a small plane has crashed in the Bass River State Forest in Burlington County.

    Authorities say the plane had departed from Salisbury, Maryland on Saturday but failed to arrive at Ocean County Airport in New Jersey on Saturday night as scheduled.

    Callers reported a possible downed aircraft shortly before 11 a.m.

    After attempts to communicate with the pilot were unsuccessful, the pilot’s cellphone was tracked to the area where the plane was found. A multi-agency search began Sunday morning and a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the plane a few hours later in the state forest.

    The pilot of the propeller plane was reportedly found deceased. It wasn’t immediately known if anyone else was on the aircraft. 

    The New Jersey State Police Aviation Division and Urban Search and Rescue Units also searched the area. 

    The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are at the site and will take over the investigation.

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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