- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after his plane’s left wing was damaged while taking off from a small New Jersey airport.

The pilot and a passenger were not injured in the incident, which occurred around 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough Township.

Authorities say the pilot was flying the 1993 Mooney M20M from New York to Pennsylvania and had stopped in Hillsborough to refuel. As he was taking off, the plane’s left wing struck a chain link fence adjacent to the runway.

The pilot was soon able to make a controlled emergency landing, bringing the plane down about 1,500 feet from the end of the runway.

The National Transportation Safety Board is reviewing the incident.

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