Skydiving plane makes emergency landing on highway in Stafford Township

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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Courtesy: Stafford Township Police Department

STAFFORD TWP., N.J. (WPVI) -- A small plane made an emergency landing on a highway in Ocean County, New Jersey, police say.

Stafford Township police say at 10:13 a.m. Sunday officers responded to the area of Route 72 and Route 9 for the report of a small plane down.

Police say the small single engine plane, carrying students from the Skydive East Coast skydiving school, lost power forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing on the grass median between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 72 near a Home Depot store.

Officers at the scene closed the left lanes on Route 72 in both directions for approximately 90 minutes while the scene remained under investigation.

One skydive instructor was treated for a small cut on his arm, however, no other injuries were reported.

Viewer Kristi Reillo Cooper posted this photo on the Action News Facebook page.

The investigation will be turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for further investigation.