FAIRFIELD, NJ — Engine problems forced a small plane to make an emergency landing in Fairfield on Wednesday evening.

A 1979 Piper Aerostar had just taken off from the Essex County Airport at 5:31 p.m.. Upon reaching approximately 2,000 feet, the pilot experienced engine problems in one of the plane’s two engines resulting in one of the engines becoming disabled.

While the plane was still in the air, police and fire units were dispatched to the airport but the plane safely landed prior to their arrival. The Fairfield Fire Department did put water on the disabled engine, as it was hot and smoking. No one was injured during the incident. The plane was being piloted by Herme Bloom of Willmington Delaware. There was one other passenger on board.

“It is my understanding that the pilot had nearly 40 years’ experience which most certainly helped to resolve this malfunction safely. Mr. Bloom did a phenomenal job,” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna