Passenger in NJ plane crash remains critical

(AP) - A New Jersey man remains hospitalized in critical condition after the small plane he was flying in crashed on Saturday, killing the pilot.

Forty-nine-year-old Steven I. Goldstein of Hawthorne was flown by helicopter to Morristown Memorial Hospital after being removed from the wreckage of a single-engine Cessna 172. The plane went down around noon Saturday near a residential, wooded area in the Passaic County community of West Milford.

No one on the ground was injured. But the pilot, 61-year-old Arthur Leidenfrost of Park Ridge, was pronounced dead at the scene.

NTSB investigators are investigating the crash.

Goldstein's mother, Marion, tells The Record of Bergen County that her son and the pilot were good friends and experienced flyers.

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