Small plane crashes in Bayonne; pilot injured

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BAYONNE, N.J. — A pilot was injured when his small plane crashed in Bayonne Sunday morning.

The pilot began experiencing problems over New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty around 10 a.m., authorities said. He decided to try and land in New Jersey.

"It was boom. I was sitting in the living room and heard the noise, a loud noise and I thought maybe something exploded," Tariq Malik, who lives in the neighborhood, told PIX11 News.

"Power went out heard the sirens then helicopters were swooling over house which made us came out to see," neighbor Karen Coe said.

The plane crashed on Avenue E between 41st and 42nd streets, Bayonne Office of Emergency Management said.

The pilot was trapped in the plane for a while after the plane crashed, but was conscious and alert when he was extracted, officials said. The pilot, a Long Island resident, was taken to a local hospital. He was treated for several broken bones.

The plane hit several parked cars and knocked down power lines for a two-block stretch, officials said.

The FAA said the plane was a Piper PA-28 aircraft.

It is not yet clear what caused the plane to crash. No other injuries were reported.