By Mark Lungariello

A small plane crashed in a wooded area of New Jersey on Thursday, killing two people on board, authorities said.

The wreckage of the single-engine Cessna 172 was found near a state park in Lake Kemah in Hampton Township around 4 p.m., a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said in a statement to The Post.

The FAA had issued an alert to public safety agencies about the missing plane just before 3 p.m., according to the statement.

The aircraft had taken off from Essex County Airport in Caldwell and had been on its way to Sussex Airport, the statement said.

New Jersey State Police confirmed the two people on board had been killed, reported.

The identities of the victims and the registration of the airplane weren’t immediately known. 

“The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate,” the FAA statement said. “The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.”