A small skydiving plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a New Jersey highway, narrowly avoiding colliding with traffic.

Video of last Sunday's incident, released by Stafford Township police, appeared to show the aircraft gliding onto the grass-covered median, missing passing vehicles.

According to officials, the single-engine plane was carrying five people, including students from a nearby skydiving school, when it ran out of power shortly after take-off.

It made a safe landing at around 10.15am local time on Route 72 in Stafford Township, a main road between Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore.

The instructor sustained a cut on his arm, but no other injuries were reported.

The incident is now being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to local media.