2 Coast Guard Auxiliary members hurt when their small plane crashes on New Jersey rec field

CRESSKILL, N.J. – Two Coast Guard Auxiliary members were identified Friday as the occupants of a small plane that crashed onto a recreation field hours before kids’ sports practices were set to begin.

Jack Rosenberg and Erik Pearson were doing routine patrol for the Coast Guard in their single-engine 1978 Cessna Skyhawk when it crashed late Thursday afternoon in Cresskill, about 2 miles west of the Hudson River.

In an emergency, the pilot had tried to land in the river but instead came down at Regan Field behind a swim club.

Rosenberg and Pearson are in stable condition at a hospital, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Their injuries aren’t considered life-threatening, spokeswoman Sabrina Laberdesque said.

Cresskill Police Chief Ed Wrixon told The Record the two were surveying the Hudson River when they encountered problems and radioed air traffic controllers at LaGuardia Airport.

The crash is under investigation.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer organization that promotes safety for recreational boaters. Rosenberg has been an auxiliary member since 2005 and Pearson since 2010.

Their ages and hometowns weren’t disclosed.