The Latest: Feds say pilot suddenly lost touch before crash

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a small plane crash in New Jersey (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Federal investigators say the pilot of a small plane who died when his plane crashed into New Jersey home was cleared to land before suddenly losing contact with air traffic controllers.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Adam Gerhardt spoke Tuesday in a news conference at the site of the fatal wreck, which left the pilot dead.

The unidentified male pilot was the lone passenger on the plane. No one on the ground was hurt

Gerhardt says three houses were impacted by the crash, and it could take up to three days to clear the Cessna 414's wreckage from the home in Woodbridge Township.

Investigators are looking into what caused the crash.

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5:30 p.m.

Officials say the pilot of a small plane that crashed into a New Jersey house and then exploded did not survive the crash.

Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, spokesman John Hagerty says the pilot of the Cessna 414 that smashed into a home in the Colonia section was confirmed to be dead by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Hagerty says the pilot was a man, but his identity is not yet known.

Mayor John McCormac says no one was in the home when the plane went down. Flames spread to another house where the mayor says a woman escaped injury.

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1:35 p.m.

Authorities say a pilot is unaccounted for after the small plane he was flying crashed into a house in New Jersey and exploded.

Officials say the wreckage of the twin-engine Cessna 414 remains lodged in the basement after Tuesday morning's crash in Woodbridge.

Mayor John McCormac says no one was in the home. Flames spread to another house where the mayor says a woman escaped injury.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are headed to the scene.

Authorities say the flight had left Leesburg, Virginia, with only the pilot aboard. It was headed to Linden Airport, about 4 miles from the crash site.

The weather was misty at the time of the crash.

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1 p.m.

A New Jersey mayor says he does not believe anyone was injured on the ground after a plane crashed in a residential neighborhood and set two houses on fire.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the twin-engine Cessna 414 crashed into a house in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say the flight had left Leesburg, Virginia, with only the pilot aboard. It was headed to Linden Airport, about 4 miles from the crash site. There is no word on the pilot's condition.

Mayor John McCormac says that a woman in one of the houses escaped injury and that no one was in the other house.

The weather was misty at the time of the crash. The mayor says the fires are under control.

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12:30 p.m.

A New Jersey mayor says no one was in one of the two homes burning after a plane crashed in a residential neighborhood of his community.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the twin-engine Cessna 414 crashed into a home in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The number of people aboard and their conditions are unknown. It wasn't clear whether anyone on the ground was hurt.

But Mayor John McCormac told News 12-New Jersey no one was in one of the homes.

The Colonia Fire Department says every fire department in the township is on the scene. The area is tree-lined and residential.

Video taken by bystanders showed two single-family homes fully engulfed with flames, but firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand.

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12 p.m.

Authorities say that a small plane has crashed in northern New Jersey and that two houses are on fire.

The Federal Aviation Administration says a Cessna 414 crashed into a home in Colonia at 11 a.m.

NBC New York reports that the Colonia Fire Department says two houses are on fire. The area is tree-lined and residential.

The number of people aboard and their conditions are unknown. It wasn't clear whether anyone on the ground was hurt.

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11:45 p.m.

Authorities say that a small plane has crashed in northern New Jersey and that two houses are on fire.

The Federal Aviation Administration says a Cessna 414 crashed into a home in Colonia at 11 a.m. The FAA says it is en route to the scene.

NBC New York reports that the Colonia Fire Department says two houses are on fire. The area is tree-lined and residential.

The number of people aboard and their conditions are unknown.