Friday, April 13, 2012

Damaged landing gear, no injuries in plane scare at Cross Keys Airport (17N), Cross Keys, New Jersey

MONROE TWP. — A pilot made a hard landing Friday on a Cross Keys Airport runway after catching a strong crosswind, police said, but no injuries were reported in the incident.

The pilot was attempting to land on Runway 9 of the airport on North Tuckahoe Road a little after 2 p.m., when he “encountered a strong crosswind,” police reported.

The single-engine 1950 Piper Pacer landed hard. Part of the landing gear was damaged, and the plane came down on its left side, police said.

Federal Aviation Administration Safety Inspector Stephen Koza arrived at the scene and took over the investigation.

Monroe Township police and Emergency Medical Services responded to the incident, along with Williamstown Fire Company.

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