The pilot of a small aircraft was killed in the wee hours of Sunday morning after crashing into woods near Robert J. Miller Airpark (Ocean County Airport). The victim has not yet been identified.
Details surrounding the incident remain murky, as air traffic controllers apparently received no mayday call from the pilot and the crash was not immediately known to authorities, who had responded to the area of the airport for reports of an unspecified fire.
The crash of the single-engine Skyhawk SP aircraft sparked a brush fire near the airport, prompting a large response from local fire departments and the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.
Authorities say the airport will be closed Sunday as emergency crews battle the fire and clear the wreckage of the aircraft. Additionally, numerous roadways near the airport are closed, and further closures are expected due to heavy smoke in the area.