Family of pilot killed in Colonia crash ‘thankful’ no one else was hurt

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The family of a pilot killed when his plane crashed into a home in Middlesex Count says that they are thankful that no one else was hurt.

Dr. Michael Schloss died Tuesday when his twin-engine Cessna crashed into a home on Berkeley Avenue in the Colonia section of Woodbridge. The crash destroyed one home and caused damage to at least two others due to a fire. But no one on the ground was hurt.

Schloss left Virginia on his way to Linden Airport to attend a medical conference on cardiology and lipidology in New York City but crashed before he arrived in Linden.

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This family released a statement Thursday saying, "Today we are grieving the loss of Michael Schloss, loving husband, step-father, brother, friend and physician. While our hearts are broken at our own loss, we are thankful there does not appear to be any injury or loss of life to any other person."

The statement continued, “We are also thankful to the first responders who were quickly on the scene of the accident."

Schloss’ family says that he had more than 40 years of flying experience and enjoyed restoring vintage planes and performing in air shows.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and projects that a preliminary report will be available in the next few weeks.

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