Pilot killed after small plane crashes near airport in West Milford, sparking fire

A plane crashed near a New Jersey airport. (AIR11)

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — The pilot of a small plane that crashed near a New Jersey airport Wednesday afternoon was killed.

No one else was on board.

The crash sparked a blaze on the state parkland. Firefighters were still working to control the fire as of 5:15 p.m.

The plane went down near Greenwood Lake Airport around 2 p.m., in area that NJ.com says used to be part of the Jungle Habit theme park. No details were immediately available about any injuries.

The plane brought down power lines as it crashed, causing an outage to 947 customers of the Orange and Rockland Utility company.

Video from the scene shows flame and smoke, and efforts were reportedly being made to douse the flames.

The area was under a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service for possible wind-driven fires as hot southwesterly winds spread throughout the Garden State.

The combination of these winds, along with low humidity and the widespread presence of dry fuels had the authorities on alert for the breakout of forest or brush fires at any time.

Click here for the latest on the weather warnings.