Friday, July 7, 2017

Morrisey 2250A, N917JL: Fatal accident occurred July 06, 2017 near Cherry Ridge Airport (N30), Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances 1/2 mile from the airport. The one (1) soul on board was fatally injured.

Date: 06-JUL-17
Time: 21:50:00Z
Regis#: N917JL
Aircraft Make: MORRISEY
Aircraft Model: 2150A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

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The pilot died in a crash Thursday when a small passenger airplane plunged into a wooded area near Cherry Ridge Airport in Wayne County.

The crash claimed the life of 52-year-old Joseph P. Kinney of Delaware Twp., Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell said. An autopsy will be performed.

The plane went down just before 6 p.m. about a half-mile from the airport in Cherry Ridge Twp. near Honesdale, said Rick Breitenfeldt, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. There were no other people on board.

The FAA will investigate the incident.

Airport manager Vincent Van Laak said he did not see the crash.

“He was apparently trying to get back to the airport,” he said. “I can’t do more than theorize right now (about what happened).”

Breitenfeldt described the plane as a Morrissey 2150A aircraft, an old model, two-seat plane.

An upset Van Laak offered his condolences to Kinney’s family.

“I wish things like this didn’t happen,” he said.

The last fatal crash at Cherry Ridge Airport happened May 5, 2012, when 67-year-old Jeffrey Gilbert of Rock Hill, New York, attempted to abort a landing and crashed a Cessna 177B into the ground, a National Transportation Safety Board report said.

Toxicology testing showed Gilbert had taken an over-the-counter antihistamine that carries a warning it may impair mental and motor skills and is not approved for use while flying, the report added.

Authorities also investigated three other non-fatal crashes around Cherry Ridge Airport since then, with other NTSB reports describing:

A Cessna 182Q failing to land with enough remaining runway to safely stop on May 25, 2015.

A Cessna 172P substantially damaged during a hard landing on June 20, 2016.

A Piper PA 28-161 aborting a takeoff on June 29, 2016 headed off the runway and collided with “vegetation and terrain,” which the board attributed to the pilot’s poor preflight planning.

CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP -- A plane crash near an airport in Wayne County has claimed the life of a Pike County man.

According to reports, a small plane crashed in a wooded area near the Cherry Ridge Airport near Honesdale around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

The Wayne County Coroner has confirmed the crash killed 52-year-old Joseph P. Kinney of Dingmans Ferry.

State police, federal aviation officials and fire crews were all on scene after the crash. They told Newswatch 16 that Kinney was piloting a small plane when he crashed into a wooded area not far from the Cherry Ridge Airport near Honesdale.

There is still no word on what caused that crash in Wayne County, but state police along with other officials plan to return to the scene Friday to continue the investigation.

The Wayne County Coroner also confirms that there will be an autopsy.

While Newswatch 16 did speak with some people at the Cherry Ridge Airport today, they did not want to appear on camera. However, they did say that what happened today is "a nightmare."

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