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Plane Lands on Median of Jersey Shore Highway

MANAHAWKIN,NJ-Beachbound traffic heading to Long Beach Island was slowed for 90 minutes on Sunday as crews worked to remove a small plane from the median which made an emergency landing here.

At 10:13 am, Stafford Township Police responded to the area of Route 72 and Route 9 for a report of a small plane down.

“The initial investigation suggests that the small single engine plane, carrying students from the Skydive East Coast Sky Diving School, lost power forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing on the grass median between the east and west bound lanes of Route 72,” the police department said in a statement. “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 sky dive instructor was treated for a small cut on his arm, however, no other injuries were reported and no vehicles were involved.

The investigation will be turned over to Federal Aviation Administration, the department said.

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