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Photos by Fritz Rethage -- First post on September 3, 2005

Teterboro Approach Air Crash
Cessna 177
crashes while approaching
Teterboro Airport
September 2, 2005

South Hackensack -- About 9:22 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2005, an aircraft crashed into the Post Office Annex at 530 Huyler Street, about 1/4 mile northeast of the airport.

The single engine white Cessna 177 Cardinal was en route to Essex County Airport in Caldwell from Block Island, R.I.

As they approached North Jersey, the pilot radioed controllers to report a stalling engine and running out of fuel when it was diverted to Teterboro Airport, authorities said.

As the plane approached Runway 24 from the north, it hit a utility pole, struck power lines causing a brush fire before crashing nose first against a brick wall near a loading dock and into a garbage container.

The left fuel tank was empty. Four gallons were in the right tank. The fuel lines were empty with some fuel in the carburetor bowl.

The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger suffered head injuries and was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center. No injuries on the ground were reported.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. ###

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Views of the scene at about 10:05 p.m.

Most NY area media were on the scene
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