CARLSTADT, N.J. -- The co-pilot of a Teterboro-bound Learjet that crashed into an industrial area in Carlstadt Monday afternoon is a former Union County resident who years ago was involved in an emergency landing.
The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Jeffrey Alino, 33, as the co-pilot and was working on officially identifying the pilot, said Michael Pagan of county Executive James Tedesco's office.
Alino, who grew up in Union and had moved to Los Angeles, was a student seven years ago when an instructor teaching him instrument navigation had to make an emergency landing of a single-engine aircraft in Texas.
The pilot's 6-year-old daughter was asleep when they brought the plane down safely in an open muddy field, causing minor damage and not sustaining any injuries.
Four years years ago, the FAA recognized Alino with inclusion in its prestigious Airmen Certification Database of certified pilots "who have met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards" established by the agency.
On Monday, firefighters quickly extinguished blazes at a paper factory and adjacent structure next to the borough DPW building after the 3:30 p.m. crash. They also doused flames that destroyed more than a dozen vehicles.
"There are reports that the plane was upside down when it crashed" after skidding across the top of a building, a responder with knowledge of the incident told Daily Voice. "We do know that people got out of the the buildings in time."