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One dead after plane crash in Hamilton Twp.

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Officials say one man is dead after a small airplane has crashed into the woods in Laureldale, Hamilton Township.

The investigation continues as to what caused a small plane to crash in a wooded area just five miles northwest of Atlantic City International Airport. The plane burst into flames when it crashed in the wooded area near Columbia Road just before 5 this evening, after departing from Cross Keys Airport in Williamstown earlier Friday. Firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly. Witnesses say pieces of debris were scattered throughout the area, and one man says a piece of a wing hit his home.

Authorities have confirmed at least on fatality in the crash, and the FAA says there was only one person on the plane.

Records show the plane is a single engine, home built, fixed wing aircraft, it's registered to Anthony Kelly, out of Sewell. Kelly and three others survived a crash in 2007, also in Hamilton Township just six miles from Atlantic City International Airport. There is no word on who was piloting the plane Friday night.

Local authorities, the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are continuing to investigate. We'll have more information on this still developing story as it becomes available.

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