Pilot escapes injury when ultralight plane crashes into Barnegat Bay

     (Image courtesy of Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company/file photo)

    (Image courtesy of Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company/file photo)

    A pilot escaped injury when the ultralight aircraft he was flying crashed off Beach Haven.

    Authorities say the pilot was attempting to take-off when his Seawing amphibian aircraft went down around 3:40 p.m. yesterday in the Barnegat Bay. 

    Responding units from the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company arrived and spotted the aircraft in the water near a small island, authorities said. 

    After launching a jet ski, a water rescue unit discovered that the pilot was the only person aboard the plane.

    His name was not released. 

    Emergency crews were able to pull the craft from a marsh later in the day. But it wasn’t clear how much damage the aircraft had sustained in the crash. 

    The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration today. 

    “I would like to thank all Beach Haven firefighters for their professional and quick response. You are all top notch in my eyes. A huge thank to all who responded and to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Dept. Communications Center,” said Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company Chief M. Letts.

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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