WANTAGE — Two people have safely escaped a burning private airplane that caught fire minutes after landing at a small New Jersey airport.

State police say a pilot and a passenger were aboard the single-engine Cessna 210 that landed around 2:45 a.m. Sunday at Sussex Airport in Wantage. The fire broke out minutes later while the plane was on the runway and was soon extinguished .

State police say a mechanical error is likely responsible, but the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The names of the pilot and the passenger were not released. The departure location was unclear.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
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