Student pilot and instructor slightly injured after single-engine plane crash at Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough

A 70-year-old student pilot and his 73-year-old instructor crashed a single-engine plane as they attempted to land at Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough on Tuesday afternoon at around 4:17 p.m., police said. The airport is located off Millstone River Road and has a runway.

The aircraft crashed on the west side of the runway after hitting a tree and then flipped onto its roof. said the police. Student James Finley of Hopatcong and instructor Lorraine Denby of Berkeley Heights both reported minor injuries. Finley refused medical treatment at the scene. Denby was treated at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Somerset and was released.

Police said the plane crash was currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

First responders at the scene included the Hillsborough Township Police Department, Hillsborough Township Fire Department Stations 37 and 38, Hillsborough Township Emergency Management Office, RWJ Somerset Emergency Team . Manville Police Department and Somerset County Hazardous Materials Team.

The crash is the second incident to have occurred at the airport in the past week. On November 18, a small plane deviated from a runway and overturned while attempting to land. Two people were on board this aircraft, a single-engine Cessna 172.

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