Sunday, September 24, 2017

Aerotrike Safari, N7675K: Accident occurred September 24, 2017 at Woodcrest Farms Airstrip (JY17), Shiloh, Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA553
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Bridgeton, NJ
Aircraft: AEROTRIKE SAFARI, registration: N7675K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

The pilot of the weight-shift-control aircraft reported that, during the base leg turn, a flock of small birds entered the flight path and he banked to avoid them. He added that, a moment later a larger bird struck the support cable on the right wing. No control issues were evident, however, he decided to land in a cleared field to check the structure for damage. Subsequently, during the landing in the field, the nosewheel hit the ground hard, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the weight-shift-control aircraft that would have precluded normal operation.

HOPEWELL TWP. -- No injuries were reported after a ultralight trike crashed in a soybean field around noon on Sunday.

State police responded to the scene, on Minches Corner Road near Shoemaker Road in Cumberland County, and spoke to the pilot, who walked away apparently unscathed. He was the lone occupant in the craft.

The Aerotrike Safari made a "hard landing" in the field, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

The wife of the pilot arrived as her husband toured the accident scene with a state police investigator. She declined to speak about what had happened.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate the 19-year-old, single-seat craft is owned by a Pittsgrove Township resident.

No additional information had been released by state police as of mid-afternoon.

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