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1 dead, 1 critically injured after a small plane crashes in NJ

Posted at 1:24 PM, May 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-31 18:15:51-04

LINDEN, New Jersey (PIX11) – One person is dead and another critically injured after a small plane crashed in Linden, New Jersey just before 1:10 p.m. Friday afternoon, officials said.

A witness called police to report that the plane took off from Linden airport and was making a funny sound while struggling to gain altitude, according to  Linden Police Captain James Sarnicki.  There were two people aboard, a 58-year-old instructor and a younger student who was in control of the single-engine plane at the time of the crash.

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The pilot reported their takeoff normally, according to Linden Airport Operations Manager Paul Dudley, but then issued a mayday, saying the plane could not climb.

The aircraft crashed on train tracks near an old General Motors plant, west of Linden Airport.  It landed on railroad tracks that are no longer in use.

The instructor was reportedly killed in the crash, while the student is in serious condition at a university hospital in Newark.

This is a developing story and will be updated.