Small plane crashes after taking off from West Caldwell airport
A small plane crashed shortly after taking off from Essex County Airport killing the pilot.
ABC 7 reports the pilot of the Cessna 206 died in the crash shortly after takeoff around after 10 a.m. on Saturday morning about a half-mile from the Essex County Airport.
The plane came down near a wooded area and sparked a brush fire that closed Passaic Avenue between Beverly Road and Fairfield Avenue for a time. The fire destroyed most of the plane which had been en route to Teterboro Airport. The pilot was the only person on board according to CBS New York.
Authorities say the cause of the crash was not immediately known.
The Associated Press contributed to this report