Pilot killed when plane crashed into house was avid flier

COLONIA, N.J. (AP) — Crews have begun removing the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into a New Jersey house, killing the pilot.

Dr. Michael Schloss’ plane crashed Tuesday morning in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, a suburb of New York City. He was headed from Virginia to Linden Airport, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the crash site. Investigators say he didn’t radio a distress signal before the crash.

Authorities said Schloss’ body was removed from the wreckage on Wednesday.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to release a preliminary report on the crash by next week.

A longtime friend said Schloss was a retired New York cardiologist and skilled flier with decades of experience. Linden Airport manager Paul Dudley said Schloss also was a licensed airplane mechanic.

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