Sunday, January 7, 2018

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N733CL, C F Images LLC: Incident occurred January 07, 2018 in Lafayette Township, Sussex County, New Jersey

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

C F Images LLC:

Aircraft landed in a field due to engine failure.

Date: 07-JAN-18
Time: 20:45:00Z
Regis#: N733CL
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Jan Schneider was inside his house reading a book on Sunday afternoon when a single-engine plane made an emergency landing in a nearby field.

Schneider, though, heard nothing -- and had no idea what had happened until about two hours later when a New Jersey State Trooper knocked on his front door.

On Monday, Schneider walked about a quarter-mile to the field, located on a neighboring farm just beyond the borders of his 24-acre property on Van Sickle Road.

The Cessna 172N Skyhawk was still there, and did not appear to be significantly damaged.

"It looks like you could put some gas in it and fly it out of there," Schneider said.

The pilot and passenger were unhurt in the landing, which happened at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, State Police spokesman Lt. Ted Schafer said.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said an engine problem was reported and that the agency is investigating.

Schafer said the pilot took off from Essex County Airport for flying practice, about 30 minutes before making what authorities described as a "hard landing."

The field is located about 8 miles from Sussex Airport in Wantage.

Schafer said the only damage was to the front landing gear.

Removing the plane might prove challenging, Schneider said, as the impromptu landing strip is bordered by woods on one side and at the edge of a cornfield.

Of the pilot, Schneider said, "He probably just glided it in."

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LAFAYETTE -- A Cessna 172N Skyhawk made an emergency landing in a field off Meadows Road Sunday afternoon, according to state police.

Lt. Ted Schafer said the pilot reported that his Cessna 172N Skyhawk lost power and he attempted to coast the plane into an open field.

The pilot was able to land successfully with only minor damage to the front nose wheel.

The occupants of the plane -- identified as Ilya Kipnis, 22, of Brooklyn, New York and Auraham Kohen, 42, of Demarest, New Jersey -- were not injured, Schafer said.

The pair had departed from Caldwell Airport at 2:15 p.m. and were doing some flying practice over the Lafayette area.

After the electrical or mechanical issue and subsequent emergency landing, troopers responded at about 3:45 p.m. and transported the pair to the barracks in Frankford where they were picked up by the aircraft owner, Schafer said.

The plane, tail number N733CL, is registered to C.F. Images LLC out of Fairfield, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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