The state of New Jersey had agreed to pay $125,000 to a plane crash victim who lay badly hurt and unconscious for hours because State Police refused to immediately conduct a search for the fallen aircraft, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark.
Two people were killed in the May 17, 2008, plane crash, but there were two survivors, including Jacalyn Toth Brown, a 33-year-old resident of Galloway Township, N.J. In 2010 she filed suit in Superior Court in Ocean County, The Ledger reported, alleging that New Jersey State troopers had declined to look for her plane after witnesses reported the accident in Eagleswood Township.
The State Police reportedly said that they couldn’t mount a search-and-rescue mission unless than had an official report of a missing plane from an airport, according to The Ledger. And to top things off, when one of the witnesses complained about that decision the troopers threatened to arrest him, The Ledger reported.
The plane had taken off from an airport in Millville, N.J., to gather data on marine life for the N. J. Department of Environmental Protection, according to The Ledger. But the pilot of the plane, who was killed in the crash, had taken off without enough fuel for the flight.
The plane sputtered and crashed in a wooded area at about 12:45 p.m., but a State Police helicopter didn’t find Brown and the second survivor until roughly 5 p.m., The Ledger reported. Brown alleged that her injuries were exacerbated by the delay in the rescue. She had been badly hurt and rendered unconscious in the crash.
Brown and the other survivor were both airlifted to Atlantic City for treatment once they were found.