Plane lands on N.J. highway



A small plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 80 in Hackensack, New Jersey Monday afternoon, state police have confirmed.

The plane, described as a single-engine Cessna was headed toward Teterboro Airport but was forced to make an early landing on the stretch of highway due to a mechanical problem.

The plane was being operated by a former commercial airlines pilot, James Mancini, 69, of Kinnelon, NJ.

The plane is owned by the U.S. Department of Justice and was working with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office on a Homeland Security mission when a fuel line malfunctioned.

Mancini landed just before 3 p.m. in the eastbound express lanes near Polify Road, officials said.

A flight instructor and flight safety officer were apparently on board at the time of the incident, officials said. The flight was part of a training exercise.

No injuries were immediately reported. It wasn't clear how many people were in the plane.

A portion of the roadway has been shutdown as authorities check the plane. Officials say they expect to close all lanes upon removal of the Cessna later Monday.