Police ID pilot killed in small plane crash in Bass River State Forest

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State police have identified a pilot killed after a small plane crashed in the Bass River State Forest in Burlington County.

The pilot has been identified as William Lindley, 75, of Beachwood, New Jersey.

Authorities say the Ryan Navion plane had departed from Salisbury, Maryland, on Saturday, but failed to arrive at Ocean County Airport in New Jersey on Saturday night as scheduled.

After attempts to communicate with Lindley were unsuccessful, the pilot's cellphone was tracked to the area where the plane was found. A multi-agency search began Sunday morning, and a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the plane a few hours later.

Officials say the pilot was alone in the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
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