Small plane crashes in New Jersey

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Two men were lucky to have escaped with their lives after a plane they were flying in crash-landed in a Long Island neighborhood Sunday evening. The crash happened just after 7 p.m. — officials say the pilot lost power shortly after take off from a nearby airport and was circling back when the engine went out and crashed at an intersection in Bayport. Bayport Fire Department immediately arrived to the fiery scene.

“In an unbelievable display of heroism (they) were able to take the pilot and the passenger out of the plane,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini.

The pilot, 35-year-old Scott Clifford, suffered a head injury and two broken legs and was in serious condition. The passenger, 65-year-old Mike Rolm, suffered head injuries. Both were admitted to a local hospital. Rolm’s injuries are not considered serious, officials tell WABC in New York.

Miraculously, the mangled plane managed to avoid any of the surrounding homes.

“This is nothing short of a miracle – both that the airplane did not hit any houses and any other individuals,” said Commissioner Sini. “We’re talking about a Sunday evening at 7:00, clearly people could be out and about.” Officials say the FAA is investigating, and the NTSB is working to determine the cause of the crash.

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