A small plane crash-landed in Cresskill, NJ this afternoon. According to WCBS 2, "The pilot told an air traffic controller he had a 'rough engine.' Moments later, he reported that he had a complete engine failure."
The plane's pilot let Laguardia Airport know there were problems and was apparently given priority landing at Teterboro Airport. The plane didn't make it and ended up landing in a field behind the Cresskill Swim Club; the Bergen Record reports it "went into the woods along the edge of" Reagan Field. The area is also about 50 yards from a residential area.
It's believed there were two people aboard the plane, which was apparently "using a callsign of 'Aux Air'," reports Fox 5, which adds, "That callsign could indicate that the plane was flying for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the uniformed volunteer arm of the Coast Guard."
One person appeared to have "facial, neck and back injuries."
UPDATE, 7 p.m.: The U.S. Coast Guard released more information regarding the crash, calling it an "emergency landing."
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received notification of a downed Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft in Cresskill, New Jersey, Thursday.Two Auxiliary crewmembers on a routine patrol on the Hudson River made an emergency crash landing in a field in Cresskill.
At 4:31 p.m. the Auxiliary crew checked in with Coast Guard watchstanders reporting their operations as normal and passed their current position over the Hudson River.
At 4:48 watchstanders received notification from a Coast Guard Auxiliarist who was not aboard the aircraft reporting the flight had gone down and medical crews were on scene.
The two Auxiliarist involved in the crash were transported by medical personnel to Hackensack Hospital in Hackensack, New Jersey. Their medical condition is unknown at this time.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer organization that exists to support Coast Guard missions. Coast Guard Auxiliary units, or flotillas, promote safety for recreational boaters throughout the year through community outreach.
— Fox5NY (@MyFoxNY) September 3, 2015
NEW JERSEY: A small plane crashed in Cresskill, not far from the Palisades Parkway Exit 2, no word on injuries yet. pic.twitter.com/P30ibvM9D0
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) September 3, 2015