Associated Press said:2 walk away from fiery small plane crash in NJ
By VICTOR EPSTEIN (AP) – 2 hours ago
TETERBORO, N.J. — Two men ferrying medical specimens walked away from a fiery small-plane crash Friday morning at an airport, and emergency responders found them at a nearby bus stop, alert and conscious, but badly burned.
Both men were taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center. The pilot, identified as George Maddox, 54, of Sinking Springs, Pa., was listed in critical condition. Co-pilot Sanil Gopinath, 42, of Laurel, Md., was listed in serious condition.
Teterboro is the same airport where a plane took off earlier this month before colliding with a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River. Nine people were killed aboard the two aircraft.
Little Ferry police officer Adam Warne, who was among the first to respond to the scene, said he was taken aback to find the men alive and talking after the crash the aiport in Teterboro.
"They were sitting at the curb at the bus stop. Both of them were alert and conscious and answering questions," Warne said.
Warne said one man was "severely burned." Little Ferry Police Chief Ralph Verdi said Maddox had burns over 20 percent to 30 percent of his body.
"The one who had more burns sat there and was in a daze," he said. "I saw the wreckage, they both said 'We were in the plane.' I was a little taken back, you know."
The plane was carrying blood specimens for Quest Diagnostics, which is just down the street from the airport, when it crashed just after 3 a.m. while trying to land, police said.
The aircraft carries medical specimens to a lab at Teterboro that serves the New York metropolitan area, said Quest Diagnostics Gary Samuels.
He said the flight originated in Reading, Pa., and made stops in Hardford, Conn., Norwood, Mass., and Pottstown, Pa., before heading to Teterboro.
The twin-engine Beechcraft baron ended up in a grassy area near the parking lot of a warehouse on Route 46.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the pilot was cleared to land on a runway.
"We're unclear whether he ever touched down on Runway 1 and we're looking into that," Peters said.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Robert Gretz said the pilot aborted the landing for some reason and was attempting do to a go-around and try it again when he clipped some trees, sending the plane into the parking lot of a nearby warehouse, where it crashed and burst into flames.
In 2005, a corporate jet went off the runway at Teterboro, crashed through a fence and crossed a highway before smashing into a warehouse. Twenty people were injured.
Joanne and Michael DeVito of nearby Little Ferry looked out at the wreckage from the back of a local building.
"It's scary," Joanne DeVito, 38, said. "The big planes come in so low you could wave at the pilot. It shakes everything in the house."
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