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NJ: Small Plane Crashes On I-287 In Morris County

State Police are reporting a plane crash on Route 287 in Morris County, near exit 35 in Morris Township.

Lt. Stephen Jones said three people may have died in the crash.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters says the single-engine turboprop had departed from nearby Teterboro Airport when it disappeared from radar. It was a Socata TBM-700.

Shona Sternberg of Hillsborough was about three cars behind where the plane went down.

She said the plane came from the west and smacked down on the highway. Sternberg said she didn’t hear any noises but saw an explosion when the aircraft hit the highway.

“There was a lot of fire and big black smoke,” she said. “I could smell burning, burnt rubber. You see something happening, you know it’s going to crash and you can’t do anything.”

Police have not released details about injuries or fatalities.

Sternberg, was on her way to Madison traveling north on 287 when she called from the scene. She said the plane looked like it was in trouble before it crashed.

“Something was breaking off the plane as it was coming down. It was coming down fast. It looked like the right wing was breaking off.”

The crash appears to have occurred near Exit 34 on the highway, outside Morris Twp., according to, the state Department of Transportation’s accident alert web site. The web site is reporting that all lanes of the highway are closed and commuters in the area should expect between 15 and 20 minute delays.

(Source: NJ Star Ledger)

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