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Small Plane Crashes on NJ Rec Field; 2 Coast Guard Occupants Hurt

In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 photo, first responders gather at the scene of a small plane crash near the Cresskill Swim Club in Cresskill, N.J. (Bernadette Marciniak/The Record of Bergen County via AP)
In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 photo, first responders gather at the scene of a small plane crash near the Cresskill Swim Club in Cresskill, N.J. (Bernadette Marciniak/The Record of Bergen County via AP)

CRESSKILL, N.J. — Authorities say a small plane has crashed on a recreation field in New Jersey just hours before kids' sports practices were set to begin, injuring the two people aboard.

The crash involving the single-engine 1978 Cessna Skyhawk happened late Thursday afternoon at Regan Field behind a swim club.

The Coast Guard says the plane's occupants are part of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Sabrina Laberdesque says their injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

Cresskill Police Chief Ed Wrixon tells The Record the two were surveying the Hudson River when they encountered problems and radioed air traffic controllers at LaGuardia Airport.

The pilot tried to land in the river but instead came down about 2 miles west of there.

The crash is under investigation.

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