Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW JERSEY: Pilot lands plane in Harmony Township, Warren County soybean field

A pilot whose single-engine plane experienced electrical problems safely landed the aircraft in a Warren County soybean field, authorities said Friday.

It happened about 3:30 p.m. Thursday off Belvidere Road in Harmony Township, New Jersey State Police said.

State police identified the pilot as 75-year-old Yuval Binur of New York City.

Binur notified the Federal Aviation Administration of the incident immediately, but state police weren't alerted until around 7 p.m., when the property owner discovered the empty plane in the field, said state police Lt. Brian Polite.

"We were able to make phone contact with the pilot," Polite said. "He was having engine and electrical problems during the flight. He made an emergency landing in the field, and there was minimal damage to the plane or the field."

FAA spokesman Jim Peters said the agency's Allentown district office is investigating the incident. That will involve examining the plane and speaking with the pilot, Peters said.

The plane is a CubCrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS that had only the pilot aboard, Peters said. Where the flight originated and where it was headed wasn't immediately available, Peters said.

Binur is managing partner of Orchestra Medical Ventures, a New York City firm that invests in medical technologies companies, according to the company's website. A message left with his office Friday afternoon was not immediately returned.

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NEW JERSEY: Chopper 4 Captures Fighter Jets Flyover at Teterboro Airport (KTEB)

Chopper 4 captured three fighter jets flying in formation in a practice exercise over Teterboro Airport in New Jersey Friday evening.

The F/A-18 Hornet jets were going into Teterboro Airport at about 5:30 p.m.

Officials at Teterboro Airport said the jets were practicing maneuvers and will be in the area over the weekend.

Dignitaries attending the General Assembly at the United Nations have also landed planes at the airport.

The fighter jets may be part of an increased security presence in the area for the event.

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