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Reprinted from patch.com. By Eric Kiefer.

A veteran flight instructor from Long Branch was on his way to pick up a student at Teterboro Airport prior to a fatal plane crash on Saturday, authorities say.

The pilot’s relatives have identified him via social media as John Hannon, a veteran flight instructor with 25 years of experience.

Hannon’s Cessna 206 aircraft crashed about half-mile from Essex County Airport shortly after departing from Runway 22 at 10 a.m., according to Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.

The crash took place behind a Kiddie Academy, a child daycare facility in West Caldwell.

Hannon was on his way to pick up a student at Teterboro Airport when he reported engine troubles, said Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Shortly afterwards, Hannon’s plane crashed and burst into flames.

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