FAA: Plane from Gaylord crashes into Atlantic Ocean

Associated Press

Atlantic City, N.J. — Authorities say one person was aboard a single-engine plane from Gaylord, Michigan, that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Mooney M20 departed from Gaylord on Thursday, and was headed to Atlantic City International Airport when it crashed into the ocean around 2:45 p.m.

A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said a debris field has been found seven miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

No details were immediately available on the condition of anyone aboard the plane.

Public Affairs Chief Nick Ameen says the Coast Guard is in an active search and rescue mode with multiple boat crews and a helicopter crew.

Flight tracking software shows the plane traveling past the airport at around 20,000 feet. It began quickly descending, going from a drop rate of 1,113 feet per minute to 5,438 feet per minute over the course of two minutes while heading east and out to sea, according to the data.

Ryan Jorgenson, a data analyst with FlightAware, called that descent rate “not normal.”

He said weather data shows there was low visibility at the airport around the time the plane flew over and there were thunderstorms in the area.

It’s the second plane crash being investigated in New Jersey on Thursday. A plane reported missing Tuesday was found two days later in the woods, its pilot dead, near the Somerset Airport.