BREAKING: Authorities Investigate Fatal Plane Crash in Ocean County; Accident Sparks Wildfire [UPDATES]

Emergency personnel are on scene of a plane crash in Ocean County, TLS has learned.

According to preliminary information we received, it appears a small plane crashed near the Ocean County Airport.

Sources say emergency personnel were investigating reports of a smoke condition in the area for several hours, but could not locate the source of the smoke.

Moments ago, authorities located a downed plane on fire in a wooded area.

According to sources, the plane crashed shortly after 10:00 PM.

A man believed to be the pilot has been found deceased.

Federal authorities are responding to the scene.

Firefighters are battling an approximate 10-20 acre brush fire as a result of the plane crash.

UPDATE: The fire has spread and has become a wildfire, prompting many fire departments from around the County to respond due to the threat of damage to the nearby structures.


UPDATE Sunday 2:55 PM:

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service remains on scene of a wildfire burning in the area of the Robert J. Miller Airpark in Lacey Twp.

The wildfire has grown to 325 acres and remains 0% contained.

25 structures are threatened.

UPDATE 3:23 PM: NTSB: Here is the extent of the information that we have at this time:

At about 10:18 PM EDT, on Saturday, September 2, a Cirrus SR20 airplane crashed about ½ mile southwest of the Ocean County Airport in Bayville, New Jersey. The flight originated in Monmouth Executive Airport in Farmingdale, New Jersey.

The NTSB has opened an investigation into the accident. An NTSB investigator is enroute from the Washington, D.C., area and will arrive at the accident site this afternoon to begin the on-scene phase of the investigation.

The identity of the pilot will be released by local authorities.

A preliminary report is expected in 2-3 weeks.

The entire investigation is expected to be completed in 12-24 months.


This content, and any other content on TLS, may not be republished or reproduced without prior permission from TLS. Copying or reproducing our content is both against the law and against Halacha. To inquire about using our content, including videos or photos, email us at [email protected].

Stay up to date with our news alerts by following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

**Click here to join over 15,000 receiving our Whatsapp Status updates!**

**Click here to join the official TLS WhatsApp Community!**

Got a news tip? Email us at [email protected], Text 415-857-2667, or WhatsApp 609-661-8668.


  1. Very sad. Someone has to receive terrible news today about their loved one, friend. Rest in Peace and may God protect all the emergency responders.😓

  2. There should be a heavy concern as to the large increase of activity stemming from Lakewood Airport. These small planes are flying at low altitudes over heavily populated areas. Overall small planes do not have a good track record of safety. Does Lakewood Twp have a safety plan in place? Is there a plan on Noise Pollution/ Health of residents on the ground/ Air Pollution/ Devaluation of homes near the airport?

Comments are closed.