Doctor and 2 Others Killed in a Plane Crash near NJ

A small plane, while making a landing crashed in Fairfield, N. J., on a Monday evening, where a pilot, a Manhattan rheumatologist, and her two passengers succumbed to injuries.

The single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed at 5:28 p. m., which is around a half-mile northeast of the Essex County Airport, said Holly Baker, a Spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Dr. Margaret D. Smith, 70, a Physician and licensed pilot, was at the plane’s controls when it crashed, The Associated Press reported.

Along with them, the list of killed included Michael Ferguson, 44, and his wife, Theresa, who, according to the officers, were relatives of Dr. Smith.

The small white plane, which could only carry four passengers, hit the ground just short of Ned’s Gutter Cleaning, which is a business in an industrial area of Fairfield.

Images from WCBS-TV demonstrated the carcass of the small plane drenched in flame retardant, with only the tail unbroken in its place. Officers were trying to interrogate that why the plane crashed.

According to FlightAware, an online flight tracking service, the plane took off from Plattsburgh, N. Y., which is near the Canadian border, at 4:05 p. m.

F. A. A. records illustrated that the aircraft was registered to Dr. Smith, who was a Senior Associate Dean at New York Medical College and an ex-Director of the Rheumatology program at St. Vincent’s.