Plane removed after landing in NJ marsh

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Crews used a large excavator to remove the Cessna that went down in a marshy area near the Delaware River.

PENNSVILLE, N.J. (WPVI) -- Crews worked to remove a small plane Tuesday that crash-landed in a marshy area along the Delaware River in Salem County, NJ over the weekend.

Chopper 6 HD was over the scene in Pennsville as a large excavator with extra-wide, extra-long treads crossed the marsh begin removing the plane.

The pilot and a passenger were rescued harmed from the single engine Cessna 172 after it went down Saturday.

Delaware State Police said air traffic controllers in New Castle County lost contact with an aircraft shortly before 10:45 a.m.

The pilot later said he experienced a problem shortly after leaving Wilmington Airport and managed to land in the marsh.

Both pilot and passenger were able to climb onto the wings of the plane and were rescued by a Delaware police chopper searching the area.

Both victims were flown to Fort Mott State Park in New Jersey where they were evaluated by Pennsville EMS crews.

Neither sustained serious injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.