3 people killed in Fairfield plane crash

Authorities say a small airplane has crashed near an airport in northern New Jersey just after the pilot apparently aborted a landing, killing three people.

Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said it appeared the plane was descending for a landing at the Essex County Airport in Fairfield when the pilot pulled up just before 5:30 p.m. Monday. The plane crashed moments later about two blocks north of the airport on a grassy patch surrounded by warehouses.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker says the pilot and two passengers were on the plane, a Cirrus SR22.

Fontoura says there were no survivors. The victims have been identified as 70-year-old Margaret Smith, who was at the controls, Michael Ferguson and his wife Theresa.

Click "NEXT" below your video player to see chopper footage of the plane crash.

Only the plane's tail section remained intact after the crash and an intense fire.

National Transportation Safety Board officials are at the scene investigating the crash this morning.

AP wire services contributed to this article.

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