A pilot is expected to be OK after crashing into the water off a New Jersey coastline

By Ted Greenberg 

A banner plane went down off the New Jersey coast, crashing into the water near Surf City, officials confirmed Saturday.

A Surf City beach patrol captain says two lifeguards assisted the pilot out of the water. He suffered minor injuries but is expected to be OK.

Investigating officials did not immediately know what led to the crash Saturday afternoon. The FAA and NTSB will each conduct an investigation into the crash.