Saturday, August 13, 2016

Luscombe 8A, N71497: Accident occurred August 13, 2016 in Marlboro Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Teterboro FSDO-25

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA291
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 13, 2016 in Marlboro, NJ
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8, registration: N71497
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 13, 2016, about 1203 eastern daylight time, a Luscombe 8A, N71497, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in an open field near Marlboro, New Jersey. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated about 1 hour 30 minutes earlier from Old Bridge Airport (3N6), Old Bridge, New Jersey.

The pilot stated to Federal Aviation Administration personnel that the flight departed 3N6 with 12 gallons of fuel and flew around the local area. While in cruise flight at 1,200 ft mean sea level, he reported the engine suddenly ceased producing power, and his attempts to restore engine power were unsuccessful. He maneuvered for a forced landing to a nearby racetrack but realized the airplane was too high. He then maneuvered for a forced landing in a field, and while in a left bank, the airplane impacted the ground. He further stated that the engine did not sputter, and he did apply carburetor heat, but that did not restore engine power.

MARLBORO - A small single-engine plane crashed Saturday in a field near School Road and Oak Lane, according to police. 

The pilot was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune after suffering a leg injury, said Marlboro Township Police Capt. Frederick J. Reck in a prepared statement.

The incident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday, Reck said.

The pilot apparently was the only person in the plane, a Luscombe 8A aircraft. The pilot’s name and further details on their injuries were not immediately disclosed.

Reck said he was withholding the name of the male pilot until authorities could verify his information.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Marlboro police, the Colts Neck Township Police Department, Marlboro Fire Department, Marlboro First Aid Squad and a MONOC paramedic unit, all responded to the scene of the crash. The pilot was transported to the regional trauma center by the Marlboro First Aid Squad.


MARLBORO — A small single-engine plane crashed Saturday afternoon in a residential neighborhood near Route 18, injuring its pilot.

The Luscombe 8A aircraft went down about 1 p.m. in a field near School Road and Oak Lane. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

The male pilot, who authorities did not name, was hospitalized. 

There were no passengers on board, township police said.

The field where the plane landed is surrounded by trees, police said.

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