Pilot from Long Island recovers after small plane crashes onto street in Bayonne
A pilot from Long Island is recovering after a small plane crashed onto a street in Bayonne Sunday morning, steps away from residential homes.
The Piper PA-28 craft came down on Avenue E at East 41st Street around 10 a.m.
The pilot, who police have identified as 56-year-old George Pettway, was trapped inside the plane after the crash, but was extricated by emergency crews. Pettway was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.
Pettway, who was the only person aboard the plane when it crashed, had been flying from the east over New York Bay and by the Statue of Liberty.
Feisel Noor was working at the Shell station. Noor says he saw the plane hit a utility pole, break apart and slide down Avenue E. He says he was nearly hit by part of the wing.
The plane took down live power lines as it crashed, and crews had to temporarily shut off power to the area.
Three cars that were parked near the scene of the crash sustained heavy damage.
The FAA says the plane is registered to Airborn Flight Services.
The NSTB is investigating the cause.