Plane Crashed into Ocean in Cape May

Cape May Point, N.J. – Earlier today the New Jersey State Police responded to the report of a plane crash, which occurred just off of the beach in Cape May Point.

FAA officials say at approximately 11:45 a.m., the State Police received notification of a single engine aircraft, which crashed in the water. State Police aviation helicopters responded to the scene and located a fuel slick and debris from the aircraft.

Troopers from the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau responded to the area and located the plane via sonar in approximately 18 feet of water.

State Police patrol boats with the T.E.A.M.S dive team troopers responded and are conducting a recovery of the aircraft. The U.S. Coast Guard is also assisting with the incident.

The aircraft has been identified as a Mooney M20J, which departed the Trenton-Robbinsville Airport in Mercer County this morning with one reported person on board. The identity of the pilot has not been confirmed, and it is unknown at this time if there were any passengers.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be investigating the crash.