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Small Plane Crashes On Busy NJ Highway, 5 Dead

Atlanta 12/20/2011 06:56 PM GMT (WooEB)

A small plane crashed on a busy New Jersey highway Tuesday, leaving five people dead. Authorities say the single-engine turboprop Socata TBM-700 crashed on Interstate 287 near Exit 34 in the town of Harding. Interstate 287 wraps around the New York City area.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane spiral out of control before the right wing broke off. The plane burst into flames upon impact and debris was scattered across the road. No one on the ground was injured or killed. Authorities shut down both sides of the interstate.  

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane took off from the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and was headed to the DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Atlanta, Georgia.

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