Friday, September 11, 2015

Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, N263AT: Incident occurred August 06, 2018 at Trenton-Mercer Airport (KTTN) and Incident occurred September 11, 2015 at Morristown Municipal Airport (KMMU), New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

August 06, 2018:  Gear collapsed on landing.

Airline Transport Professionals Corp of USA

Date: 06-AUG-18
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N263AT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 44 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

September 11, 2015: Aircraft on landing nose gear collapsed.

Date: 11-SEP-15
Time: 16:07:00Z
Regis#: N263AT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: New Jersey

HANOVER The pilot of a Piper Seminole aircraft executed a successful emergency return to Morristown Municipal Airport on Friday, touching down on the front nose of his plane after experiencing problems with the retraction of its front wheel, according to the Morristown Police.

Flight instructor James Forrey, 25, and passenger Harrison Martin, 24, of Flemington, exited the aircraft safely and without injury, according to Lt. Stuart Greer. Forrey was piloting the aircraft, which is owned by A.T.P. Flight School at the airport.

Airport operations advised the Morris County Communication Center at 11:55 a.m. of an aircraft emergency after Forrey radioed air traffic control reporting that shortly after takeoff, he had experienced an issue with the front wheel. Forrey advised that he was unsure of whether or not that wheel was able to lock in place and requested an emergency return to the airport.

Following established response-plan procedure for Morristown Municipal Airport, emergency crews responded from the Morristown Airport Fire Rescue, Morristown Fire Department, Morris Township Fire Department, Hanover Township Fire Department, Morristown Police, Hanover Township Police, Morristown E.M.S., Cedar Knolls E.M.S and Atlantic Health Paramedics.

With the emergency responders in place, the aircraft landed but the front wheel did not lock and the aircraft came to rest on the front nose, according to Greer. Fire units responded immediately and ensure that there was no fire.

Maria Sheridan, senior director for government affairs and business development, said members of the Teterboro-based Flight Standards District Office, a regional office of the Federal Aviation Administration, also was notified of the incident and were responding to the scene.

Runway 523 will be closed until the aircraft can be removed, Sheridan said, but cross runway 1331 is open.

Sheridan did not know if Martin was a student of the flight school, which declined comment.

The incident at Morristown Municipal Airport occurred as officials continue to investigate the crash of another plane that was went missing Tuesday but was not found until Thursday just outside Somerset Airport. That crash claimed the life of the pilot, a 62-year-old man from Chester Township.

Somerset Airport officials did not know whether the plane had crashed during takeoff or landing. An FAA spokeswoman did not immediately release further details Thursday.


MORRISTOWN - A small plane has made a crash landing at Morristown Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crash landing happened Friday afternoon when the plane's landing gear collapsed as the plane came into the runway.

Fire crews responded to the scene to assist.

The small plane belonged to a flight training school.

No one on the plane or on the ground was hurt during the incident, according to officials.

This is the third crash involving a small plane in New Jersey in the last 24 hours. On Thursday a single engine plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Atlantic City, and in Bedminster, the wreckage of a small plane was found in a wooded area near Somerset Airport.

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