A pilot of a single-engine Cessna was hospitalized this afternoon after he made an emergency landing short of a runway at Monmouth Executive Airport.
The unnamed pilot, who was the only occupant of the small plane, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center after the abrupt landing around 4 p.m., according to a release from Wall police Chief Robert L. Brice.
The pilot was on course to land when he had to make an emergency landing at the northwest end of the airport, Brice said. The plane landed in a grass field and skidded on its underside after the landing gear collapsed in the emergency landing.
The red and white plane did not break apart on impact and was intact and resting on an embankment when viewed at 5 p.m.
Air traffic continued unabated at the Route 34 airport. Nearby businesses were unaware a crash occurred.
Wall Police, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Department of Transportation's Aeronautical Unit, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Glendola Fire department and MONOC paramedics were on the scene.
Brice said an investigation into the accident is being conducted.