Small plane crashes in Fairfield at Essex County Airport

Officials say a small plane went down into a brook Sunday near the Essex County Airport.

News 12 Staff

Apr 17, 2022, 9:17 PM

Updated 771 days ago

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Officials say a small plane went down into a brook Sunday near the Essex County Airport.
Three people were reportedly on the plane: a pilot, a co-pilot and the owner of the plane. None of them were hurt.
The plane is Citation CJ3+, meaning it's a jet and not a propeller plane.
Crews from the Nutley Hazmat Fire Department are on the scene to contain the fuel spill. Chief Anthony Manna from the Fairfield Police Department said the wind played a factor in this crash.
"They kind of overshot the runway. They didn't have enough room to land," says Chief Manna. "Crosswinds apparently played a big role. It's a windy day, so it took them off the runway and into a brook."
The occupants of the plane were identified by Fairfield police as Corie Dave Bennett, 45, of Danbury, CT; Carlos Rodriguez, 57, of Poughkeepsie, NY; and the plane's owner, Edward P. Gregory, 66, of Bernardsville, New Jersey. 
The NTSB and the FAA have been notified and will be taking over the investigation.


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