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Two dead after plane crash in New Jersey

Aerial images of the crash site in Burlington County.

Two pilots who were killed this week when a plane crashed in New Jersey were on a non-emergency medical flight to pick up a patient in Massachusetts for treatment in Philadelphia, officials said.

Pilot Robert Winner, 69, of Marlton, and co-pilot Timothy Scannevin, 71, of Southampton, died shortly after the twin-engine Hawker Beechcraft Baron 58 was in Springfield Township, in Burlington County, NJ.com reported.

Ellen Williams, executive director of Angel Flight, told the outlet the Winner was a volunteer with the program provides free flights to patients needing care at distant medical facilities.

2 killed in plane crash were on the medical flight of the patient https://t.co/q5GUK2vuLS pic.twitter.com/pXAm9fkW8K

— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) June 15, 2018

“He was generous and unselfish,” Williams said. “He was a great man.”

“My father chose to spend his time flying people in hospitals, the” Winner’s son, Jeff, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He had no place to go yesterday. He only wanted to help someone.”

“My father chose to spend his time flying people in hospitals. He had no place to go yesterday. He only wanted to help someone.”

– Winner Jeff, son of pilot killed in crash

Scannevin was not connected with Angel Flight East, she said.

Two pilots killed this week represented Angel Flight East, which provides air transportation for medical and relief purposes.

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The plane crashed about six minutes after takeoff from South Jersey Regional Airport in Lumberton, FOX29 Philadelphia reported. The airplane traveled through an open field, and rows of trees for a stop in a second open field.

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The National Transportation Safety Board said no distress call before the plane went down. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

The winner, who is the owner of the aircraft had flown 16 missions for the organization since joining in 2013, the Inquirer reported.

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