The pilot killed when his prop plane crashed into a quiet New Jersey neighborhood has been identified as a Manhattan cardiologist with a long-running passion for flying, The Post has learned.
Dr. Michael Schloss, 74, was flying from Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia to Linden Airport in New Jersey when his plane plummeted into a home in the Woodbridge Township community of Colonia around 11 a.m. Tuesday, setting that home and two neighboring houses on fire.
Authorities said no one was killed or injured on the ground.
Schloss was an experienced licensed commercial pilot, records show.
He operated a business called Warbird Associates Inc., registered in Delaware, and owned two airplanes — the 1980 Cessna 414A that crashed Tuesday and a 1942 Boeing B75N1 Spearman biplane.
He had flown the Cessna three times in the past week, Federal Aviation Administration records show.
On Oct. 23, he piloted the plane from Leesburg in Virginia to Defiance Memorial Airport in Ohio, and flew back to Leesburg Sunday.
On Tuesday, he took off from Leesburg for a scheduled one-hour flight to Linden.
No one answered the doorbell at Schloss’ medical office in Kips Bay on Tuesday.
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