An investigation is underway into a plane crash that killed one person in West Caldwell.
According to a phone conversation conducted with West Essex Now, Peter Knudson, a spokesman from the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington DC, confirmed that the plane was a Cessna T206H. Knudson said that there was one person on board, the pilot, and he was killed in the accident.
According to Knudson, the plane crashed after takeoff from the Essex County Airport into the rear of Kiddie Academy which is about 1/2 mile away.
An investigator from the NTSB will be arriving in town later on this afternoon, and the investigation will continue with local law authorities early Sunday morning. Knudson also confirmed that fire from the plane itself caused a brush fire to the surrounding area. "
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