- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2000

BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Two small planes collided yesterday over southern New Jersey, killing at least 10 persons aboard the aircraft, a federal official said.
Search teams combed more than 30 acres of fields for a possible 11th victim, said State Police Maj. Barry Roberson.
Wreckage crashed into a house and set it on fire, but no injuries were reported on the ground.
Eight of the victims were aboard a Piper Navajo that took off from Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, said Arlene Salac, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
It was a daily shuttle flight, operated by a civilian contractor, that goes from Lakehurst to Trenton, then to the Naval Air Engineering Systems Command facility at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Southern Maryland, said Lakehurst spokesman Lawrence Lyford.
He did not know the identities of anyone on board.
Investigators at the crash site found a flight manifest from the shuttle that listed two crew members and nine passengers, Maj. Roberson said.
Two persons died on the second plane, a Piper Seminole from Northeast Philadelphia Airport. That plane included a flight instructor and a student, Miss Salac said.
The weather at the time was cloudy but visibility was 10 miles, said meteorologist Mark DeLisi of the National Weather Service.
Resident Antoinette Carnivale said she saw the planes collide.
"I saw smoke and flames and pieces coming down," she said.
Mary Miles, who lives in the same development as the house that was hit, heard the crash.
"I thought it was thunder, and then I turned on the television and saw it was actually a plane crash," she said.
The couple who lived in the house that was struck escaped unharmed. But fire extensively damaged their two-story, brick-front home in a suburban development about 10 miles south of Trenton.
Homeowner Ed Trzaskawka said he was getting ready for work when the plane hit the area of his garage.
"Another few feet and it would have been in my ear," Mr. Trzaskawka said. He and his wife, Cathy, ran out the back of the house.
"I grabbed the dog," he said.
An airplane tail section landed in a field several hundred yards from homes and what appeared to be a piece of a wing fell on the roof of a home.
The Piper Navajo was registered to Tigress Aviation Inc. of California, Md., according to FAA spokesman John Clabes.
FAA records show no accidents or incidents involving that plane, he said. "It's a very popular airplane."
The 1978 Piper Seminole was privately owned and based in Delaware, said FAA spokesman Roland Herwig. FAA records showed one minor incident involving the plane's landing gear in 1989.

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