Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cessna P206A Super Skylane, N206TF, Skydive East Coast: Accident occurred June 12, 2017 at Eagles Nest Airport (31E), West Creek, Eagleswood Township, Ocean County, New Jersey

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

SeaSky27 Productions LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N206TF

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA205
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 12, 2017 in West Creek, NJ
Aircraft: CESSNA P206, registration: N206TF
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 June 12, 2017, about 2255 eastern daylight time, a Cessna P206A, N206TF, was substantially damaged during a forced landing while on approach to Eagles Nest Airport (31E), West Creek, New Jersey. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was owned and operated by Seasky27 Productions LLC, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a maintenance test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed but not activated for the flight that originated about 1 hour earlier from Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR), Danbury, Connecticut.

The airplane had recently undergone engine maintenance, which included the installation of new cylinders. Earlier that day, the pilot flew the airplane on an uneventful 1 hour maintenance test flight from 31E to DXR. The entire flight was performed with the fuel selector on the right tank, and the mixture control in the full rich position. No engine discrepancies were noted during the flight.

Prior to departing DXR for the return flight to 31E, the pilot performed a "quick preflight inspection." The airplane departed with an estimated 65 gallons of fuel, the fuel selector on the left tank, the mixture control in the full rich position, and climbed at full power to 7,500 ft mean sea level (msl). The pilot maintained 24 inches manifold pressure and 2,400 rpm (same engine settings as the first leg), and flew to 31E while periodically scanning the engine gauges. While on final approach to runway 14, he realized the "sight picture" was not correct, and performed a go-around. He climbed to between 1,000 and 1,200 ft msl, then turned onto the crosswind and downwind legs of the traffic pattern. While on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern between 1,200 and 1,500 ft msl, before midfield, with the auxiliary fuel pump on, the engine sputtered and quit, and the propeller stopped. The pilot attempted to restart it which consisted of moving the fuel selector to the right tank position, verifying the mixture control was full rich, and advancing the throttle, but the engine did not restart. He turned onto the base leg of the traffic pattern, and flew towards the runway while maintaining a best glide speed of 80 knots; however, the airplane impacted trees then the ground about 1/4 nautical mile before the runway, and came to rest inverted.

The airplane was recovered and will be examined at a later date.

A small plane, a single-engine Cessna 206 Stationair belonging to Skydive East Coast, crashed at Eagles Nest Airport in West Creek Monday around 11 p.m., the second crash in one month’s time. On Tuesday, May 16, a Stinson 108 went down between two residential properties in the airport’s immediate vicinity.

This time, again, the pilot was “unhurt completely” and “pretty amazed” to have “walked away without a scratch,” according to the plane’s owner, George Voishnis. No passengers were on board, and nothing on the ground was damaged except some trees.

“So he did a really good job of landing it the way he did,” Voishnis said.

Airport owner Peter Weidhorn described the coincidence of crashes as “a freaky set of occurrences.” Weidhorn got the call at 11:15 Monday night from Eagleswood Township Mayor Michael Pasternak and was flabbergasted.

Voishnis is co-owner of the Skydive East Coast tandem jump operation. The plane “will be a complete loss,” he said. He explained one of his pilots had been flying the plane after some routine maintenance that required several break-in hours. As the pilot was attempting to land, he didn’t have his approach quite right – Weidhorn speculated he may have been misaligned or at the wrong altitude – so he went back up and “did a go-around” to try again. For reasons yet unknown, the engine stopped, and he glided into the trees between the airport property and the adjacent sand mining operation. There was no fire, Weidhorn added, although “it’s not excusable.” Weidhorn said the plane is totaled, its propeller driven half in the ground.

Tuesday the State Police and Federal Aviation Administration were on the scene investigating; Weidhorn said he and representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board would be there on Wednesday.

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, at the municipal building to provide comments to the N.J. Planning Commission on a zoning change for a transportation node at the airport.

Original article can be found here: http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com

EAGLESWOOD - Just four weeks after a single-engine plane went down in the West Creek section of town, another small plane has crashed, this one just shy of Eagles Nest Airport, state police confirmed. 

The small plane crashed around 11 p.m. Monday in a wooded area near a runway, Trooper Alejandro Goez said. The pilot, the only person in the plane, suffered minor injuries.

The plane appeared as though it was about to land, but the precise cause for the crash was not yet known Goez said. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

In May a Stinson single-engine plane crashed in the 100 block of Laurel Hill Lane, a crash that also left a lone pilot with minor injuries, state police confirmed at the time.

The May crash came just two days after a Learjet en route to Teterboro Airport crashed in Carlstadt, killing the pilot and copilot. Nobody else was aboard the small jet and nobody on the ground was hurt.

There were no signs of the most recent crash from outside the locked gate at the airport early Tuesday morning.

Read more here: http://www.app.com

EAGLESWOOD, New Jersey -- A pilot suffered minor injuries when a small plane skidded off a runway in New Jersey. 

It happened at 11 p.m. Monday at Eagles Nest Airport in Eagleswood, Ocean County.

The plane ended up in the woods.

There was no immediate word what caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft.

Original article can be found here: http://6abc.com

EAGLESWOOD, NEW JERSEY -- A small plane crashed in a wooded area near a runway at Eagle's Nest airport Monday night, State Police said. 

The aircraft went down around 11 p.m.

The pilot suffered only minor injuries and no one else was aboard, police said. 

No structures on the ground appear to have been damaged, police also said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was also contacted. 

Original article can be found here: http://www.nj.com

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