Thursday, March 9, 2017

Glasair Sportsman GS-2, N237PM: Accident occurred March 09, 2017 at Trenton-Robbinsville Airport (N87), Mercer County, New Jersey

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA182

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 09, 2017 in Robbinsville, NJ

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft went off the runway into the woods.  

Date: 09-MAR-17
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N2379
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (WPVI) --  Authorities are investigating a small plane crash in Mercer County that left a pilot injured.

It happened before 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Trenton Robbinsville Airport on Sharon Road.

Police say the pilot of a single engine plane was trying to land and lost control.

The plane ended up in a wooded area adjacent to the runway.

Video from Chopper 6 HD showed one wing partially separated from the plane's fuselage.

The pilot, who was alone in the plane, was taken to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton with injuries described as minor.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the crash.

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ROBBINSVILLE -- A small plane crashed into a wooded area near a runway while trying to land at Robbinsville Airport Thursday afternoon, police said.

The pilot, identified only as a 79-year-old man, was the only person on board and had injuries to his face in the 1:10 p.m. crash, police spokesman Lt. Michael Polaski said.

He was out of the plane when first responders arrived at the scene and was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment.

Polaski said the pilot was approaching the airport from the west in a home-built plane when he suddenly lost control and crashed south of the landing strip. The runway runs parallel to Sharon Road.

The plane is a Sportsman GS-2 registered to Bjarne Martin Pedersen, of New York, N.Y., Federal Aviation Administration records show.

Police said they could not confirm if Pedersen was the pilot.

The plane is manufactured in kit form by Glasair Aviation, and then assembled by the owner, the company says.

The crash also caused a fuel spill at the scene, police said. The Robbinsville Fire Department also responded.

Federal aviation authorities were notified of the crash and are investigating, police said.

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