Morristown airport closed after small plane ‘incident’

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Morristown Airport was closed on Saturday after a Lear jet from Fulton County, Georgia with four people on board left the runway upon landing, police said. No one was hurt.

The airport issued an alert about a closure due to a “Category B incident” shortly after the incident at 11:20 a.m., and later said via Twitter that the closure would last until 8 p.m.

The plane came to rest in a safety zone next to runway 23, police said. All four people on board were able to evacuate safely, but the aircraft was heavily damaged.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, police said.

The general aviation airport is located in the Whippany section of Hanover Township, 27 miles west of Manhattan off Route 24. It is owned by Morristown Township and operated by DM Airports, Ltd. training.

Agencies dispatched to the scene included Morristown Police and Fire, Morristown and Cedar Knolls Emergency Medical Services, and the Morris County Fire Coordinator.

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Former President Donald Trump sometimes arrived at the airport on Air Force One en route to his golf course in Bedminster.

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Journalist William Westhoven contributed to this story. Lindy Washburn is a reporter for NorthJersey.com. To keep up to date with how changes in healthcare are affecting you and your family, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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