Authorities are investigating a small plane crash that occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. today at the Monmouth Executive Airport on Route 34 in Wall.
Police report that the aircraft is a “single engine, banner type plane” and that the sole occupant was conscious, alert, and walking, according to emergency radio transmissions.
The pilot, who suffered minor injuries, was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Office Kevin Pressey tells the Asbury Park Press.
The officer tells the newspaper that he did not know if the plane was landing or taking off prior to the crash, which is under investigation.
Responding units initially had difficulty finding the plane, which eyewitnesses described as turning at the end of the runway and then disappearing, according to emergency radio transmissions.
After aerial support was requested to scour the area, units on the ground subsequently located the plane, which was leaking fuel about 400 yards from a runway.
The Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and New Jersey State Police have been notified of the incident, police say.