News Article - May 18, 2008

  EAGLESWOOD, N.J. - A small plane with four people onboard crashed in a heavily wooded areas near a small airport in southern Ocean County late Saturday afternoon, killing two people and seriously injuring two others. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, which occurred shortly before 4 p.m., said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

   The two people killed were pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Stephen Jones, a state police spokesman, while the other two onboard had serious injuries and were flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital. Further details , including their names , were not immediately available. After receiving reports about the crash, state troopers began an extensive search of the area. With the aid of a medical helicopter, they found the plane in the woods not far from the runway at Eagles Nest Airport in Eagleswood Township, about 25 miles north of Atlantic City.

   Peters said someone onboard the Cessna 337 Skymaster used a cell phone to contact someone in Texas who is connected to the operation of the aircraft, which had taken off from Millville Airport in Cumberland County about an hour before the crash occurred. That person then called the FAA's flight service station in Leesburg, Va. to report the crash, Peters said.

   Stephen Williams, director of airports for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, which operates the Millville facility, told The Star-Ledger of Newark that the plane was flying as part of a federal study of coastal birds and wind currents along the Jersey Shore, where developers have proposed installing wind turbines. The plane is registered to John Ambroult of Barnstable, Mass. It was not immediately known if he was onboard the plane when it went down.

Source - Philadelphia Inquirer