Crews take down plane that crashed into trees near airport

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Investigators in Manville have taken down a plane that was stuck in trees 70 feet above the ground after a pilot made a crash landing earlier this week.

In order for the FAA to investigate, they had to get the plane down without any damage. The agency had to clear all of the trees so they could have a path to get all the cranes and equipment in.

Keiling Tree Care assisted with getting the plane down.

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According to New Jersey State Park Police, the crane workers needed to be able to lift the plane evenly. They rigged all sides to make sure the crane got it out without damaging it.

The small single-engine Cessna crashed next to the Millstone River Tuesday around noon after missing the runway at Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough.

The 32-year-old pilot rented the aircraft and was the only one on board.

He was stuck 70 feet above ground for more than four hours.

Specially trained climbers went up with a cherry picker to get the pilot out through a windshield.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board have been on scene since Wednesday, but police said the investigation was unlikely to begin until the plane is on the ground.

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