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2 Rescued After Single Engine Plane Makes Emergency Landing In New Jersey

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NEW CASTLE, Del. -

A small plane goes down in a South Jersey State Park, but amazingly those on board barely suffered a scratch.

The emergency landing happened just before 11 this morning at Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville.

Helicopters from Delaware and New Jersey State police, as well as US Coast Guard ships swarmed the banks of the Delaware River looking for two men and their single engine aircraft.

They found the plane in Fort Mott State Park.

“It’s a muddy, marshy area, there’s not water, its six foot, four foot of mud," Lt. Kirk Cooksey of the Pennsville Police Department said.

Cooksey said the aircraft ended up there after it lost power for an unknown reason.

“It sounded like as it was coasting, it sounded like an air conditioner unit, it was odd," Matthew Guzzo said.

Matthew and Laura Guzzo were hiking the state park when they saw the plane about 50 feet above their heads.

“We feel foolish because we were waving to it, because we didn’t know it was going down and we’re waving to it, oh hi and so we feel foolish, but thank God they’re okay," Laura Guzzo said.

Investigators said the plane slid across the marsh before coming to a stop.

Other than being up to their chests in mud, the two men barely suffered a scratch.

“I consider them very lucky that they even walked away from this," Cooksey said.

The pilot and his passenger of the downed plane shielded their faces as they entered the Pennsville Police Station to answer questions from the FAA.

Police said the two men in their late 70s from West Chester were flying to Millville from Wilmington.

Now the focus turns to removing the plane, which could take several weeks.

In the meantime, Cooksey said they're working to prevent 50 gallons of fuel from leaking into the state park and the river.

“We have to find the emergency cut off switch. At that point once we do that we’re going to have to find some way to get the fuel off the airplane," he said.

Police said the insurance company of the plane’s owner is now involved meaning that could push back getting the aircraft removed.

It could also affect how fast they can solve the problem with the fuel.

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